Ok all you guys that have swapped, replaced or cursed the door locks and ignition switch, I have had a problem with mine ever since I purchased my Gen 3, the ignition key does not match the door locks. I had a key cut to the VIN and it will open the doors but won't work the ignition.
The only way I can do this is to use one key to open and another to start the truck. I end up using the keyless lock remote to get the doors unlocked and then the ignition key. Not optimum, especially if the battery dies on the remote.
Only simple solution I can figure is change out the locks. The dealership didn't even want to swap out lock sets. Was going to add $500 to the cost of the runner, sooooo, while I was looking in the local bone yard yesterday for the remaining parts for my Flight 1 to Flight 2 center console swap, (96-98 to 99-02) getting the console mount bracket and e-brake tube, (another story for the Forum) I found another 98 that had been a roll-over. All 4 doors and lift gate were crushed so the locks can be taken. Also the ignition assembly is still in the steering column(but he can't find a key for it). Parts Guy told me I could have them all if I remove them for $45.
Seems like a really good deal as they are in the $300+ range at the dealership. I figured once I get them all out getting a key cut would be no problem as I would have all the locks and the VIN from this wrecked Runner. (He also told me that the passenger door lock has the key codes)
My question is this, how do I get them out?
I don't have a FSM but I know I need to pull the inner door panels (done that swap) and even the liftgate panel, but can't quite seem to figure out what needs to be removed, loosened, unbolted, etc so even after I get them out of the wrecked Runner, I don't destroy mine getting them out! Same for the ignition switch assembly. I know, I know I'm a guy but I am going to ask, I need directions! LOL!
As for the doors, I started on one yesterday, got the panel pulled and even removed one of the nuts holding the outer door handle, but something seems to be holding the door handle in place.
Linkage? Another nut?
Liftgate, got rear panel off, metal plate removed, but can't seem to see what is holding the rear lock set and collar for the lift gate.
Ignition lock set, lower panel removed, ignition cover removed, do I need to remove the two nuts and strap holding the steering column up or is there another way to do it?
I await the vast pool of knowledge that is YOTATECH!