Ignition Problems and Tips

If you find yourself in a situation where your key won’t turn in the ignition of your vehicle, there are a number of issues that may be causing the problem. While some of these issues are specific to certain years, makes or models of vehicle, many are fairly universal and can be addressed in your driveway. The issue may be the key, the ignition cylinder, or user error.

Inspect the key for damage. If your key won’t turn when you insert it into the ignition, it may be because the key has been damaged and no longer engages the correct pins to the depth necessary to spin the cylinder. Examine the key for signs of excessive wear, rounding or broken teeth. Any of these could result in the key failing to turn in the ignition. If the key is damaged, it will have to be replaced. Some keys require programming call the car auto locksmith on 07565729487and we can come to you to programme keys.

Ensure there is nothing stuck to the key. Just as worn or damaged teeth can prevent the key from turning, anything stuck to the key will also cause it to improperly engage the pins in the ignition cylinder. If you used your key to open a package recently, for instance, there may be bits of tape stuck to the teeth of the key, preventing it from working. Clean any debris or dirt off of the key, then re-insert it and try again. Its always best to just use your key for just starting your vehicle as this is a common problem.

Check to see if the steering wheel is locked. If you were applying any pressure to the steering wheel when you turned the car off, it may have locked the wheel in place with the steering pin. Check to see if your steering wheel is locked by trying to turn the wheel. If it will not move, or moves only very slightly, it is likely locked. A locked steering wheel will not allow the ignition to engage. When you move the wheel back and forth, you will feel it stop abruptly as it comes into contact with the steering wheel lock. If your wheel was turned slightly without you applying any pressure when you turned the car off, it still may engage the steering wheel lock

Wiggle the wheel back and forth while turning the key. In order to unlock the steering wheel, insert the key into the ignition and attempt to turn it. While applying light pressure to the key, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth until the lock disengages. This will allow the steering wheel and the key to turn. Be careful though not to put too much pressure on the key or it will break in the ignition. The car auto locksmith company can however extract broken keys from your ignition ring them anytime on 07565729487 The key will be able to turn freely in the ignition once the steering wheel is unlocked. If the key still fails to turn after the wheel is unlocked, there is another issue so give us a ring and we will diagnose your problem



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