I am looking to purchase an 04-05 RX and went to check one out. The previous owner was testing the spare keys he has and put in the valet key (the one that comes with a credit card type holder) in the ignition.
The key is now stuck in the ignition, it will not turn. It is stuck in the Lock position, however from the looks of it is not fully seated in. Can't be pushed in, or out. Tried to force it in with some relatively light hits on the key, but nothing.
The car looks good, and I am willing to purchase it, but this is a major issue. I couldn't even test drive it.
The owner plans to take it to the dealer, but I would consider purchasing it as is at a discount and dealing with this issue myself.
Can anyone recommend anything here? I have read here about the issue of the ignition lock, however from what I understood most people have the issue where the key wont turn, however it can still be taken in and out.
(It is the right key he used for the car.)
Thank you in advance.
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The credit card spare key is an emergency type key not a valet key. It doesn't have a built in chip to allow the car to start. You must follow the instructions on the credit card type holder exactly.
1. Insert flat key into the ignition switch.
2. Within 10 seconds put card closer to the ignition switch as indicated by the arrow head.
3. After the the security indicator stops flashing turn the key to the START position.
These instructions are also in the owner's manual.