Car key ignition issues

I started having issues inserting my car key and starting my car.
I tried my backup key…while it’s also slightly difficult to insert it, it will go in and I can start my car. The keys are both original (2011 vehicle). Would you recommend getting a new key made before trying a cylinder repair?

Have you tried something simple like graphite lubricant to see if that makes it easier to insert the key and turn the cylinder?

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I have not tried that yet, but think I will.
I brought it to Honda and without even looking at my car, they quoted me $1000 to replace the entire cylinder.
I was worried the lubricant would potentially make the problem worse, but it looks like after a little research that might be the way to go.
Thank you for your reply!

Graphite powder will not make it worse. Lubrication will either help or there won’t be a change. It’s a cheap fix if it works. I lube all my locks at home with graphite.

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If you have one that doesn’t work and another that does, yeah I’d get a new key made while you can. Keys without a chip on them are under $5 at the hardware store. With a chip will be more expensive. But you can just deal with a lock smith instead of the dealer for the key or cylinder issue.

Any relation to professor Childers originally from Tennessee? One of my favorites.

Thank you for your reply. I will first try a new key, and you’re right, I reached out to a local locksmith who quoted me $300 to have it rekeyed.

No relation!

If you are inserting your key OK but it sort of sticks when you turn the key, and both keys are the same, a new key will not help. If both keys are worn, then you might try a new key made from the VIN, usually only available from the dealer and takes a day or so. Copying a worn key only gives you a new worn key.

However, it is most likely the cylinder needs replacing. If you get it replaced now with a new cylinder, it will be much less expensive. If the cylinder locks up and wont turn at all, then removing it becomes a much more labor intensive project. The key has to be turned to the run position before the cylinder can be removed. If it can’t be turned to the run position, then it requires major disassembly of the steering column and a now block the cylinder goes into. Much more $$$.

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Concur w/@keith above, replacement cylinder is preferred method if key-lube doesn’t work. Ways to save $$

  • Price your local locksmith rather than a Honda Dealership
  • Don’t change any of the other locks, just use a separate key for the ignition.
  • Can’t speak to your car, but w/ some cars changing a lock cylinder is a fairly simple diy’er job. Google might show you how. Very easy job on my truck for example. Of course my truck is 50 years old, so may not be so easy on newer truck.

A locksmith changing a cylinder can easily change the tumblers to fit the existing key in less than ten minutes. No need for a separate key if it comes to that.