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Jeff Wasilko

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My car only came with one key, and I thought having a spare might be a good idea.

 

The existing key works on the drivers door and ignition.

 

I had my local dealer cut a new key based on the VIN, figuring it might be better to have an original rather than a copy of a copy of a copy.

The new key works on the ignition, but not the door. Did I pick wrong?



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 Did I pick wrong?

At the risk of trashing your new key. You could side to side eyeball match the two keys and if you find a shallow notch in the new key, file the viewed shallow notch a bit deeper.


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Your key was probably a marginally bad cut.  The dealers don't have locksmiths working for them.  One thing you can try is putting a little pressure up/down on the key as you try to turn it.  I've had keys that will only work that way.  Of course be sure you try the key in the slot both ways, since only one side of the key is actually used at any one time.  In the end, I think I'd go try a local locksmith instead -- the problem is bound to be in the key rather than the lock.



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ace hardware, $3, copy of a copy... done 


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I played around with the new keys a bit and it turns out they just need a bit more force compared with the old key. I was able to get both new keys to open the drivers door--good to have spares!



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The tumblers are worn and the new keys are sharp, just age the key a little with a file. 


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ace hardware, $3, copy of a copy... done 

It's not the best option because the clone they make isn't of good quality so prefer to get it repaired from any certified auto locksmith






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