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Old 11-18-2012, 05:47 PM
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Key will not lock while driving

While driving down the road I grabbed my keys and they fell out of the ignition. I am able to turn my vehicle off without the key. The truck will not start without a key but it will not hold the key in place while running. Is this a locksmith issue or is there something easy I can check? Thanks

The vehicle is a 2000 F250 CC 4x4
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:40 AM
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your prob going to need a new ignition cylinder
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:27 AM
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your prob going to need a new ignition cylinder
Yeah. It sounds like you've worn down the cylinder over the years of putting the key in the ignition and taking it out. You can replace one rather cheaply if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 AM
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I did some research last night. I can buy all new locks for 70$ and change them out myself. I have a call into the local locksmith to see if they can rebuild the one I have for cheaper than I can change them all out.
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it may just be a worn key do you have another to test with ?
otherwise the cylinders are easy to pull u could have a new cylinder matched to your existing key
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:09 AM
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I tried my good key and it is tougher to pull out but it still can be removed. Local locksmith wants 150 to replace and rekey. Ebay seller 40$ for a new ignition cylinder rekeyed to my current key and shipped to my house. Looks like I am going to go the Ebay route and replace it myself. Looks like they just pop right out.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:19 PM
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I had the same deal with my truck when I bought it. Key would come out while it was running. I actually liked it, cause I could pull the key while it was running and lock the doors and not worry about it.

One day, I went to get a new lock for my tailgate. The guy who did the locks was out, so I had them make a copy of my truck's key, left that with them, and off I went. Guy who cuts the keys comes in, and says my original (Ford key, but I bought the truck used so who knows) was cut wrong, and he proceeded to cut a few notches in it. Key doesn't come out now and turns much smoother (had to fight it to go back into accessory before).
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:29 PM
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Just to follow up on this post. I ordered a new lock cylinder with 2 new keys matched to my current truck off Ebay for 42$. I sent an Iphone pic of the key to the guy and he was able to match it up. The cylinder arrived today and 10 minutes later I am back in business. Saved about 100$ over a locksmith.
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