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Old 11-08-2010, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2004 Verona Ignition Replacement

Key got stuck ignition. Would not turn at all. "locksmith" tried to grease, made new keys on site, tried to hammer. He said that a pin was stuck. After 2 hours of working on it in the Walmart parking in 101 degree heat, he ended up drilling it out and starting with a screw driver.


Now I would like to start the car with a key again. Do I need the ignition coil, ignition switch, or just the lock part?

Is this a difficult task? My mechanic doesn't seem to want to touch it because it may require removing the dash board.

What parts do I need and what is the easiest way to get this fixed???
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my friend i hate to give bad news but in your case i have to tell you, so you know what kind of a situation you are in, this happend to me a while back and i will tell you my story and you can be the judge. it was in feb. one dark morning the key did not turn at all, i had the car towed to my mechanic and my mechanic was like i cant help you with this, i am not sure how to fix this, i might have to replace the whole thing which will require a new key bla bla bla so i took it to the dealer and i stayed, they couldnt take it in their work station because the car wont run so they had to do all the work in the parking lot and the degree was -15 C lol. so they stayed 30 min trying to make the key turn so they take it in but they failed so they had to drill the key and the ignotion out, took them 3 painful hours to do that then 1 more hr to install the new ignition then another 20 minutes to cut the spare key and to reprogram the new keys so the trunk and the keyless entery work on the new key. to be exact i paid $963.19. plus the towing fees and the painful cold. if i were to get into this again i would take the car to the dealer, go home and let them call me when everything is done even if it takes a month. i really hope you find an easy way but i never did, whatever i tried did not work, specially doing it your self, this is not a doing it your self task bro. you have and they had to take the dashboard out and you need new ignition cyliner, a whole pice that have the lock the switch eveything. bro i know it sound awful but thats the truth, so if you want your car to run through a key again as soon as possible, your best bet is the dealer.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Ingition problem on Verona 2004

I don't think this is a coincident that all these 2004 Suzuki Verona had ignition to stick. Sounds to me like a defect. It is an absolute inconvience having 2 sets of keys (one for the ignition and another for the doors/trunk). I'm going to look into this further. Now I see why they don't make this car and other Suzuki's anymore.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's easier to drop the steering column down, or remove it from the car entirely to drill the break off bolts out to get the ignition lock cylinder out and replace with a new one. This is a common problem on all Veronas. It sucks especialy when it's -40 and the tow truck driver dumped the car at an impossible angle to get the car in the shop so you take it all apart outside in a snow storm. Ugh, I hate Verona lol
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it's actually a really simple fix. Remove the surround from the instument cluster, turn the key to the acc position, and there is a little recessed button on the top of the cylinder, push it in using a suitable tool and the whole cylinder will pull out. You can then either pull the c clip on the back of the cylinder and remove/sand the sticking tumbler, or take the cylinder to a locksmith to repair. While the cylinder is out a screwdriver will work as a key to drive to the locksmith. If someone needs it let me know and i can post pic of the button's location. This trick also fixes the sticking ignition problem.
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it's actually a really simple fix. Remove the surround from the instument cluster, turn the key to the acc position, and there is a little recessed button on the top of the cylinder, push it in using a suitable tool and the whole cylinder will pull out. You can then either pull the c clip on the back of the cylinder and remove/sand the sticking tumbler, or take the cylinder to a locksmith to repair. While the cylinder is out a screwdriver will work as a key to drive to the locksmith. If someone needs it let me know and i can post pic of the button's location. This trick also fixes the sticking ignition problem.
Same thing happened to me. Ruined: can you post that pic of the button. I think I know where it is but is impossible to push in with a screwdriver let alone get to.
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it's actually a really simple fix. Remove the surround from the instument cluster, turn the key to the acc position, and there is a little recessed button on the top of the cylinder, push it in using a suitable tool and the whole cylinder will pull out. You can then either pull the c clip on the back of the cylinder and remove/sand the sticking tumbler, or take the cylinder to a locksmith to repair. While the cylinder is out a screwdriver will work as a key to drive to the locksmith. If someone needs it let me know and i can post pic of the button's location. This trick also fixes the sticking ignition problem.
Hello,
Can you post the pictures for replacing the lock cylinder on an Epica? Also do you know what type of screwdriver or torx attachment is needed to remove the instrument panel? Thanks for your help.
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