Broken piece inside the tumbler. Piece was so far wedged in there had to take out the ignition cylinder. Car wont start

Someone jamed something inside my ignition. I went to start my car but couldn't get my key in all the way. My mechanich tried to get it out. We had to remove the steering column, ignition cylinder. Still not able to start my car with key. We used a screwdriver and it cranks but no start. 1999 Toyota avalon
Could it be the alarm? Batterie is good. Car was running before they jammed something inside ignition key.
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Hello, thank you for writing in. The ignition cylinder and the tumblers inside have likely been damaged during this process. When the security system detects an issue with the key or the ignition cylinder, it will often cut the power to the spark system or the fuel supply. If you are not getting the vehicle to start with the key, then the lack of coding being ready by the ignition from the key is what is causing the no-start. The best thing you can do at this point is replace the entire ignition cylinder. You should be able to find one for your exact vehicle, and they should come with new coded keys. For more help with this diagnostics or replacing the cylinder, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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The three main reasons why an ignition key will not turn include: problems with related components, issues with the key itself, and ignition lock cylinder problems. Tip: Always make sure your parking brake is on to keep the vehicle secure when following these steps.
Dead Battery

To work correctly, the ignition mechanism is powered by the battery. If the battery fails, the ignition will automatically get locked up. Then you won`t be able to pull the key out of the ignition.

Take your screwdriver and insert it into the ignition lock cylinder. Turn it as far round in a clockwise direction that you can. Then pull the paperclip to the right as much as you can. You should then be able to slide the switch out easily.
What is the Ignition Lock Tumbler? Also commonly referred to as the `ignition lock cylinder`, your vehicle`s` ignition lock tumbler is the integral mechanism for starting your car.
The ignition lock assembly, also known as the ignition lock cylinder, is the cylindrical tumbler that is used to turn on and start the vehicle when the key is inserted and turned.
Try gently turning the steering wheel from right to left, while simultaneously turning the key carefully in the ignition. If this fails, try rocking the wheel instead, all while wiggling the key gently.
Silicone spray or powdered graphite are the most easily found lubricants, or Master Lock 2300D or 2305 lock lubricant should help the lock work more smoothly.
The ignition lock cylinder is the cylindrical and mechanical part used to start your car. Housed inside the electrical component that locks the ignition known as the ignition switch. It`s often welded onto the steering column and is usually located on the right side, behind the steering wheel.
The ignition lock cylinder is a mechanical part where the ignition key is inserted to start a vehicle. It`s mounted inside the ignition switch, the electrical component that locks the ignition and “reads” anti-theft coding in the key to allow the vehicle to start.
Key-in-knob/lever: These types of cylinders are used in “regular” household locks, like knobs and lever handles. When the key is inserted, it makes it possible to turn the knob or push down the lever handle to open the door. Mortise: These are threaded cylinders that screw into the lock body.
Turning the wheel in the opposite direction can release the lock and enable you to take the key out of the ignition. Jiggling the key – Another easy method for removing a stuck key is to push down on the key cylinder with your left index finger while simultaneously jiggling the key with your right hand.
Keyed to differ is standard, and every cylinder comes with its own set of keys unique to that cylinder.
Common signs include the car not starting, the key getting stuck in the ignition or not going in, and issues power on the vehicle.

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Broken piece inside the tumbler. Piece was so far wedged in there had to take out the ignition cylinder. Car wont start
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The ignition cylinder and the tumblers inside have likely been damaged during this process. When the security system detects an issue with the key or the ignition cylinder, it will often cut the power to the spark system or the fuel supply. If you are not getting the vehicle to start with the key, then the lack of coding being ready by the ignition from the key is what is causing the no-start. The best thing you can do at this point is replace the entire ignition cylinder. You should be able to find one for your exact vehicle, and they should come with new coded keys. For more help with this diagnostics or replacing the cylinder, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

My car will not start Intermittently. I purchased a new battery 2 weeks ago and yesterday the car wouldn’t start. Got a jump and
ANSWER : The issue you are having is probably due to an intermittent fault in the starter motor itself or a deficiency in the starter electrical circuit, for example a large voltage drop due to a poor ground or a high resistance connection. These issues can be readily diagnosed and resolved on a mobile basis if you request a hard starting diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. Based on Toyota’s Factory Service Manual, the battery should not be disconnected if the vehicle engine is running. The battery acts as a large resistive voltage sink and consequently taking the battery out of the circuit, while the alternator is still running, can create a voltage spike on the car’s electrical system which is not good for voltage sensitive components such as the engine computer. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

EPC light on and started losing power as well as taking longer to start the car. now the car wont start
ANSWER : Hi There,
The EPC light is typically related to the ECM (computer) not receiving the proper signal from the crankshaft position sensor. A crankshaft position sensor is an electronic device used to monitor the position or rotational speed of the crankshaft. This information is used by engine management systems to control the fuel injection or the ignition system timing and other engine parameters. When this is faulty or not working properly, this will cause problems with the ignition system and generating spark transmission to the spark plugs resulting in starting problems and other performance issues causing misfires. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

Battery and oil light come on when trying to start car, take keys out try again car starts no problem and lights go away
ANSWER : Of course, don’t switch gears without being fully stopped, unless your Owner’s Manual or the manufacturer has alternative advice. However, the gear shift issue has no relation to the no-start problem you are describing. Inasmuch as you only have 6,000 miles on the car, the "constant on and off" that you believe has occurred is meaningless in comparison to the expected total vehicle service life. That is, assume what you perceive as "constant on and off", during merely 6,000 miles, might be equivalent to using the car "normally" for three years. A new car should be trouble free for at least 5 years, unless there is a defect, so your "constant on and off" is not a causal factor for any fault on the vehicle. What you might have is a defect in the ignition switch, or perhaps the immobilizer system, but if the problem is not in the switch itself, clearly there is an electrical problem.

If your vehicle is under warranty, by law the dealer MUST repair the issue you are describing within a prescribed time frame and number of "attempts", otherwise the dealer will run afoul of Federal and state Lemon Laws that give you very specific rights, and recourse (contact an Attorney; we are Mechanics, NOT attorneys). Consequently, if the vehicle is still under warranty, to save yourself money do be sure to seek a resolution from the dealer. If the vehicle is not under warranty, obviously a certified Mechanic from YourMechanic could identify the electrical fault and resolve this for you. If you want to go that route, please simply request a no start diagnostic -electrical system and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Fuel pump engages. Batery good, alternator good volts, jump start helps when wont start. Temp does not matter. Intermittent?
ANSWER : Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons your vehicle may only start when jump starting. The first and most common is a build up of resistance that is causing you to need a boost of voltage to get the engine started. This may be due to poor battery cables, a bad ground connection, a poor starter solenoid, and a couple of other issues. The first thing you want to do is perform a visual inspection of the starting system. Make sure there is no corrosion build up in the battery cables. You can also check the resistance across these wires and make sure you have a solid connection between components. You then want to make sure the starter solenoid is doing its job. It is responsible for taking the small amount of electricity sent by the ignition and turning it into a huge electrical charge that is strong enough to push over the engine with the help of some gear ratios in its favor. Do some more testing, and stick to the basics before assuming its something seriously complicated.

car hesitates when trying to start the car ,but when started then i shut car off and start again it will start right up
ANSWER : Hi there:

Sometimes when you have problems starting an engine initially it is caused by a restriction in fuel flow; caused either by clogged fuel injectors or the throttle body that needs to be cleaned. Once the fuel starts to flow and engine warms up, it’s much easier to start. However, it could also be an air filter, EGR valve or other components that causes this issue as well, which is why it’s best to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection so they can pinpoint the source of this issue.

Map sensor car won’t start up good ?
ANSWER : Your MAP sensor is an important input for your computer. It helps determine the load on the engine to calculate the correct amount of fuel to inject. It sometimes takes a few seconds for the vehicle to realize that the sensor is not producing a good signal.

At that point, it will use other methods to determine the fuel rate, such as pre-programmed fuel maps, throttle position, etc. I would suggest replacing the MAP sensor and retesting. If you would like to have it checked first, a certified technician from YourMechanic will be able to scan your vehicle and test components to determine the root cause of your starting issue before making a repair.

changed the negative terminal on the car. Tried to start car but now it wont turn over .
ANSWER : You may have to disconnect the batteries negative terminal. Turn on the ignition key and leave it on and connect the battery. Try and start the car and it should start. Before shutting the car off, hold the button in and turn off the car. This will disable most systems. If this does not work, then try holding in the button and at the same time turn on the key and then let go of the button. If this does not work as well, then get in touch with a mechanic to come and remove the immobilizer from the car and put the wiring back to its original state. A certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect your no-start issue and let you know what needs to be done.