I'm having problems with the keys to my Honda - 193,000 miles. I've
been leaving a key in the ignition at the first turn to shut the engine
off. Will this drain the battery? This morning the car tried to
start but wouldn't. I've been leaving the key in for about 6 weeks.
I've been having problems with turning the key to start the car once it
is in and also getting the key out. I decided to leave it in so I won't
get stranded away from home. I lock the car with the other key.
A friend put graphite in the locks and ignition. Helped a bit but not
much. The shop wants $330 to change out the starter "gizmo." I think
I'll try getting a new key. We are in a very rural area so no
locksmiths around here. I'll have to wait until I get to the big city.
it's actually very easy to change out the tumblers and re-key your door
locks if you've changed your ignition - the usual way around. some day
i'll get around to writing up a how-to, but you remove the lock from the
door, remove the cylinder from the barrel, shake out the tumblers and
either replace, re-order or jewelers file the tumblers back into working
order. it sounds a lot worse than it is - takes about 10 minutes to
re-key the cylinder.
as for not being very convenient, it means you carry two keys, not one.
not quite as simple, but not exactly hard. and certainly a good deal
better than having no ignition or no ability to lock the car.
Graphite is a bad idea on car locks. Better is something like gun oil or
sewing machine oil.
If you live in the north-east, a can of Carwell T-40 aerosol is even
better: Spray and soak the lock generously until it spews out the keyole
(the more the better), then work the key in and out and back and forth a
Try your keys in the passenger door lock. Same result, or better?
The passenger lock will work better in any case, since it hardly gets any
use, so the difference between driver and passenger must be significant
before the key is suspect.
By the way, you can continue to use your one-turn key method, so long as
you make certain that ALL electrical stuff is turned OFF. Especially, turn
the radio OFF. Don't just turn the volume down or switch the radio to a
setting where the sound appears to go away.
Sorry...let me clarify that:
- If both doors are roughly-equally difficult to open with the suspect key,
then the key is at fault.
- If the passenger door is significantly easier to open with the suspect
key, then the driver's lock is likely at fault.
if you can be bothered, it's much better to carry and use the valet key
if you have manual locks. this is because the difference between the
valet and standard key is the much wider "land" on the valet which is
used to keep the key from fitting the trunk, but at the same time,
causes much less wear of the main lock tumblers because of the wider
but graphite is a solid state lubricant - it doesn't freeze. gun oil
and sewing machine oil do. that black stuff smeared all over the brand
new lock you buy [if you ever have] is graphite. solid state is why
*lock manufacturers* use it.
I believe you can get a new key made at a Honda dealership if you give
them the VIN number and proof of ownership, or does that only apply to
more modern vehicles. This route will provide a key with zero wear.
Assuming it is the key and not the ignition lock cylinder that has
most of the wear then this method would help as you have a key with no
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