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2000 Acura TL Question: Key will not turn to start engine. Had a new authentic key made with no luck.

 

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toolmom, 3.2L V6, Spring Lake, MI, February 12, 2014, 21:50
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I have been able to start it by by-passing park, putting it in neutral, pumping brakes and gas, moving steering wheel back and forth all while turning the key. At some point during this madness, something catches and it starts. Many coffee's spilled in/on shift area, due to poor cup holder design. I bought an electrical cleaner (fast drying), but cant get the shift ball off in order to really get in there to clean it. What else could this be? Thanks in advance for any/all help.

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    goodguy February 12, 2014, 23:32
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    if you can pull your shifter into neutral and it will start with the key then the key should turn in park to unlock the shifter and the steering wheel ...need a little more info, it could be a bad ign cyl

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    toolmom, February 13, 2014, 09:39
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    The only way I've been able to get the key to turn (start) is with a screwdriver in the Park by-pass hole. I'm not sure if turning the steering wheel, pumping brake, pumping gas, has anything to do with it starting.
    I was able to get some of the plastic trim off the area around the shifter, and from what I can see, there is a ton of dirt and sticky debris everywhere under all the plastic shifter console housing. Financially, I'm hoping it's just something sticky tripping up the Park safety switch. At the moment, my Honda Element has a tie-rod or CV joint going out($150-$400), we have 2" of stinky water in our crawlspace that 2 plumbers have failed to fully diagnose, and countless other little things sending us to the poor house :o(
    I just read somewhere that an Ignition Solenoid is EST. $600-$700+ to get repaired.
    Thanks a bunch for all the help.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12205 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper February 13, 2014, 06:00
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    shift lock solenoid in sticking and needs cleaning or replacement

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    toolmom, February 13, 2014, 09:14
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    Is the shift lock Solenoid in or around the shifter console area? I have it tore apart trying to clean all the debris and sticky stuff, but I'm afraid of doing damage with the cleaner (CRC- QD Electronic Cleaner*quick dry formula)
    Thanks for the advise

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