I was having a problem with my key getting stuck.

Tiny
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  • 2002 KIA SPECTRA
  • 18,000 MILES
I was having a problem with my key getting stuck in the ignition of my 2002 Kia Spectra. The key would start the car but about 50 % of the time I could not remove it. I replaced the ignition lock assembly like I had done once before in the car and when I did the car would not start. I disconnected more module plugs then I needed to but put them all back together. I put the old ignition lock assembly back in that was working before but it would not start the car. I put the new one back in and the car would not start. I was wondering if I either have a bad electrical connection or if I need to have a new computer code put in? The car key does not have a computer chip?
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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 AT 11:52 PM

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Tiny
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I'm sorry but you will need to take you to Kia. They will put it on analyzer and reset the new cylinder to the proper code. This is a safety feature so someone can't just come along and replace your cylinder and start your car. It should be a simple reprogramming charge to do this.
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 4:37 AM
Tiny
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Good Evening Cadieman, thank you for your reply. I thought that might be the problem but what threw me was I replaced the ignition lock assembly in about 2009 when the key broke off in the cylinder and I could not get it out. Can't remember if it was because I may have disconnected the battery when I did it or perhaps I got lucky and the keys were the same code. Could the problem be anything else or are you pretty sure that is what happened this go around. I greatly appreciate your help and prompt response this is an awesome website.
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 11:16 PM
Tiny
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Contact Kia parts department and ask them if there keys have different codes. Then all you have to do is go in there and have them cut a key from the old key code to fit the new cylinder.
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 11:59 PM
Tiny
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Good Evening, I appreciate your reponse. I wil do that tomorrow. Just have one question shouldn't the old ignition key mechanism have worked when I reinstalled it as it had the old key code? I will call the service department tomorrow.
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 12:22 AM
Tiny
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Not if the old cylinder was faulty.
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 1:30 AM
Tiny
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Good Morning, the only reason I asked is because the old cylinder was still working when I took it out. Thank you for your help.
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 2:39 PM
Tiny
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The old cylinder should work if it was reinstalled properly. What did the dealer say?
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 12:21 AM
Tiny
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The dealer just started looking at it they asked me how many miles the car had on it cause they said the battery is dead. I will know more today
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 2:01 PM

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