I lost a key

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north
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I lost a key

Post by north » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:56 am

I lost a key for my parts tercel. It ran and I am trying to get it back on the road so my brother can use it this winter.

Any ideas on how it might be possible to get a replacement? I have tried using my key from my other Tercel but it doesn't work unfortunately.

Thanks!

Andrew

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Re: I lost a key

Post by BaileySims » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:01 pm

Might be cheaper to replace the ignition lock cylinder and have a fresh set of keys just to start it. They still do sell keys and locks for the doors as well.

I know that a lock smith could come out and have a key made to match the car but I'm sure that would be quite costly.
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Re: I lost a key

Post by Petros » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:08 pm

there is a way to make a new key from the VIN you can see through the windshield, from factory records. Used to be a dealer item, but not sure if they have records that go back that far. there might be aftermarket key makers that can do it, perhaps on line service?

It is also possible to make a key that will work from a blank, I have done it. It is a slow process of putting dye on the key and wiggle it in the lock. You file it a little bit at each mark, when it is the right depth the tumbler stops putting the scratch on the dye. It only takes a small file, a key blank, metal dye (machine shop supply has it), and a lot of patients. could take over a hour, but it works.
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north
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Re: I lost a key

Post by north » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:55 am

Thank you

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Re: I lost a key

Post by 85tercel4wd » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:51 pm

Key code is on the passenger door lock cylinder if I'm not mistaken

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Re: I lost a key

Post by xirdneh » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:59 am

"Key code is on the passenger door lock cylinder if I'm not mistaken"
yes it is
I have had several made this way.
cost for first key was about 22.00
Love those Tercell 4x4 wagons but they sure suffer from road noise.

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