If you own an earlier model Toyota, chances are you may come across the notorious issue of your door lock or ignition lock freezing up on you, rendering you stranded in a position that you did not expect.
If you have come across this type of unfortunate event you have become one of the millions of consumers who have come across a typical issue regarding Toyota locks designed in some of their models ranging from the years 1992 to 2007.
Why does this happen?
Typically when you’ve come across this unfortunate event your key will not turn fully and may get stuck between off and the ACC postition or it may not turn from the OFF position at all. I repair these ignitions all the time and I’ve come to realize when taking these ignitions apart, that Toyota tried to increase the security of these types of locks on their models by implementing 2 sets of tumblers or wafers inside the ignition that are called “split tumbler wafers”. They are designed to hinder someone to pick the lock and steal your car, but they did not look at the durability and reliability of these types of locks when they made them. These tumblers are the culprit of the failing Toyota locks leaving you in a stranded position.
What kind of Toyota?
If you own a 4Runner from the years ranging from 1996 through 2002, an Avalon from the years ranging from 1995 through 2004, a Camry from the years ranging from 1992 through 2001, a Celica from the years ranging from 1994 through 2002, a Corolla from the years ranging from 1993 through 2001, a Land Cruiser ranging from the years from 1998 to 2002, a Prius ranging from the years 2001 through 2003, a RAV4 ranging from the years 1996 through 2005, a Sequoia ranging from the years 2001 through 2007, a Sienna ranging from the years 1998 through 2003, a Solara ranging from the years 1999 through 2001, a T100 pick up ranging from the years 1993 through 1998, a Tacoma ranging from the years 1995 through 2004, and finally a Tundra ranging from the years 2000 through 2006, chances are you have or will come across a situation of being immobilized from driving your car.
What do you do?
I’ve come across customers who are luckily parked in their driveway at home when this type of event happens, but some are stranded away from home in a predicament.
If this has happened to you there are some options you can take as far as fixing this type of situation. Don’t fret, there are numerous locksmiths who can rescue you if you get stuck in a position like this or you can tow your car to a location who can fix it. Most good reputable locksith will have the knowledge, tools and parts on hand to fix this type of issue, Like us!
We at Josh’s Lock & key can get you out of this rut. What we can do is come to you at your location, if you are in Albuquerque or nearby surrounding areas and we can get you back on the road by fixing the problem.