1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Old Car, Old Key
August 05, 2010
It turns out that cars with a lot of miles often have keys with a lot of miles.
See that fatigue crack in Project Miata's key? Yeah. There's one in the same spot on the other side, too. The key's also got a twist in it along its length (you can see it if you look closely) and you can easily bend it using your fingers. It's now so easily tweaked that it wouldn't work in the ignition yesterday without some finessing.
Okay, I admit that this isn't at all exciting. But that's kind of the idea -- it could have ended up exciting in a real crummy way. A couple bucks at a local locksmith got us a duplicate key and avoided potential breakage in the ignition cylinder, which would have sucked big time. If you wheel an old hoopty, take a moment to check your keys.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 178,xxx miles.