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How to Replace an Ignition Switch

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People decide to replace the ignition switch in their cars for a wide range of reasons. It may not be working properly anymore, or you may discover that there is some sort of issue with the key. Sometimes you simply want to change the key for the ignition, although that task may be difficult, as you will probably need some sort of microchip in most modern cars. No matter the reason, it is possible to replace the ignition switch in any car, and you can either have it done by a professional or attempt to do the job yourself. Removing the Steering Wheel Sometimes you will need to remove the steering wheel in order to replace the ignition switch, and in this case, the task will be very complicated and you should be familiar with both locks and auto mechanics. Otherwise, it is best left to a professional. If you choose to do the task yourself, however, you will want to follow these steps. First you will have to take off the steering wheel, so park your car ensuring that the wheel and tires are both straight. Turn off the battery before firmly removing the horn pad. You will then disconnect the wire (which is behind your horn button). If your wheel has airbags, you need to wait at least a half-hour after disconnecting the battery to continue. You will then remove the recessed screws (2) within the column, slide off the assembly for the airbag, and unplug the airbag before disconnecting the horn. At this point, those with or without airbags will take the rubber cylinder off the adapter, take off the nut and washer, slide off the wheel, take the screws (3) from the stalk, unscrew then remove the plastic housing, remove the stalks, and take off the plastic collar. You can now take off the bolt on the left side and bottom of your dashboard and slide out your ignition switch assembly, unplugging the wires as you do. Remove the small screw to slide out the switch, put some grease on the new ignition switch, plug it in, slide it in, and put the steering wheel back. Without Removing the Steering Wheel The process of replacing your ignition switch will obviously be significantly easier if you don’t have to remove the steering wheel. Unfortunately, if you want to go this route, you will have to replace the lock cylinder within the ignition switch, and not the entire switch itself. This is fine in some cases, but others require the entire process mentioned above. To change the lock cylinder, you will need to disconnect the negative battery terminal. Then you can put the ignition key in the cylinder and turn it onto “accessory” before putting a straightened paper clip in the cylinder’s hold by the key slot’s base and keeping it there while turning your key toward off. You can now take the out the old lock cylinder before replacing it with the new one. Secure it by turning it back to “off.” Hiring a Professional To Replace an Ignition Switch Looking at the instructions, it becomes clear that your need to replace an ignition switch is an incredibly complicated task. Even if you are simply replacing its locking cylinder, there is a great deal of room for...

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How to Program a Toyota Transponder Chip Key

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If you want to make an additional key for your Toyota vehicle, you most likely won’t be able to simply get a key cut at your local hardware store for a few dollars. That is because almost every single key for autos made after (or during) the 1990s is actually a transponder chip key, meaning that simply cutting it will not let you start your car. What Is a Transponder Chip Key? Simply put, transponder chip keys contain a transponder chip that corresponds to one within the ignition system, and in order for the car to turn on, this key’s chip must be close enough to send a given code to the chip within the car itself. It must also fit into the ignition lock itself. This is a security measure designed to make it harder for thieves to steal cars, but it also means that replacing a key is more expensive. If you simply want an extra key to lock and unlock your car doors and trunk, you will not a transponder key, but if you want to be able to use it to drive the car, you need to pay extra and be sure to get and program a transponder chip key. Finding the Blank and Cutting It One of the first steps to programming a transponder chip key for your Toyota is to get the appropriate blank. It will need to be a blank Toyota transponder key, and you should ensure that it is compatible with your vehicle. The easiest way to ensure you get the appropriate blank is to work with a locksmith or your car dealership, although the first option will be cheaper. Once you have the blank, you need to have it cut like you would any other key, which a locksmith can easily do. Programming It Yourself After getting your blank Toyota transponder key and having it cut to match the master key, you are ready to program it. Sit down in the driver’s seat of your car and press then release both the gas and brake pedals at the same time. Now insert your master transponder key, but don’t turn it. Within 15 seconds of putting the key in the ignition, push and then release your gas pedal five times. Within 20 seconds of the actions with the gas pedal, you will do the same thing with the brake pedal, but six times. After this, you can take out your master transponder key. Now you will insert your new transponder key, once again without turning it. Push down on the gas pedal one time. Wait until your dashboard security light turns off (up to two minutes). Then, take out the new key and press your brakes once. At this point, the new Toyota transponder chip key should be programmed, and you can test it out. Considering a Locksmith Even though it seems fairly simple to program your Toyota transponder key, it is actually much easier and not significantly more expensive to hire a locksmith. He or she will be able to find the correct blank transponder for you and cut it, a service you will need to hire a locksmith for anyway. Because they are experienced with all tasks related to transponder keys, locksmiths can also program it right away on...

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