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2002 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan Auto

2002 Nissan Maxima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-Size
20 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy
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July 4, 2013, 11:07 pm

Brittany O

Question: Ignition lock cylinder tab fix?

I have a 1998 Nissan Maxima GLE. It has not been starting, yet had power to all the accessories. We narrowed it down to the ignition lock cylinder being the troublemaker.
We found that once the steering column was dismantled, the car would start every time with a screwdriver put into the ignition switch. The piece/tab/nubbin that fits into the ignition switch is the culprit.
There's a trick that the Maxima forums suggested, where you just put a piece of electrical tape over that tab. It worked well when we put it back together to try it. The trouble is that the tab doesn't go far enough into the ignition switch to turn it to crank the engine, so that electrical tape just shims it up enough. I'm currently looking up more permanent fixes without having to buy the whole lock cylinder set up - which includes keys, and everything where the key goes into... which is a shame because I only need the tiny tab, not the $170/180 kit!
Is there a place where I can just buy the tab?? Or a more permanent fix that I haven't found yet?
Thank you in advance...

July 7, 2013, 4:26 pm

Richard W
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You can not just but the tab. The only long term fix is but a new key tumbler

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