My Car Keys Get Stuck in Ignition, What Should I Do?

Is your car key stuck in the ignition and you are confused about what to do?  There are various ways in which you can try and fix the problem before seeking the assistance of a locksmith and which will likely lead to an expensive repair bill.

Listed below are the reasons car keys get stuck in ignition and solutions to fixing the problem.

Car keys getting stuck in ignition may be caused by the key itself, the cylinder, the ignition, or user error.

This is because the tumblers inside the cylinder are not in alignment with the release point. In most cases, key stuck in ignition can be caused by a worn cylinder which is not returning to the worn/sticky tumblers.

Solution: In cases like this, you will have to apply a graphite spray to it. Do NOT make use of any kind of oil or WD-40, under any circumstance!

The Car in Gear can cause Car keys to get stuck in ignition.

Most cars that make use of automatic transmissions will deny you access if make an attempt to start the car while it is still in forwarding gear.

Solution: Make the gear is in the park position. Giving the shifter a little shake might be helpful if it the gear is park position.

The Bent or Worn Out Car Key.

A bent car key will get into the ignition, but it will not function correctly because it is not in contact the pins that are in the ignition coil as it is been designed. If in case the teeth on a car key are worn down, it will fail to function for the same reason. So in cases like these, you can make an attempt to straighten it with a non-metal hammer.

Solution:  You will have to be very careful if the car key uses a chip.

The Battery Is Dead

Since the car ignition system is electric, whenever the battery is out of juice the car will lock up the same way it does whenever you the vehicle is shut off.

Solution: Check if the battery is still putting out 12.6 volts with a mustimeter, and If it is not, you might want to consider going for a new battery.

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