3 Simple Tips To Fix A Car Key That Won’t Turn In The Ignition

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“my key won’t turn in the ignition, what do I do?” The best thing to do is to keep everything simple. Below are simple tips that you can use to solve the issue of a key that will not turn in your ignition. Some of the seemingly simple fixes can get complicated, so be sure to keep your eyes out for anything that increase the difficulty of your needed repair.

Lubricate the Lock

Just lubricating the lock may be enough to solve your issue. You will say that WD-40 is often the go-to example for lubrication of any kind, but I would not recommend it in this case. You can use WD40 as long as you are going to be changing out the ignition cylinder after you turn the key successfully. When you are going to replace it anyway, it gunking up further over time does not matter.

Replace The Key

Sometimes the problem is with the key you are using, and addressing that particular point of failure is the only option for solving the issue when the ignition key won’t turn. If the key is broken or bant all hope is not lost. Sometimes you can fix a broken key. This is not always the case but it is possible. Contacting a locksmith being the middle ground in terms of price, and handling all the work yourself being the cheapest option.

Turn the Steering Wheel

The most common reason that a car key will not turn is that the steering wheel has locked. This will happen when the steering wheel has been moved after the key has been removed from the ignition cylinder.

  • Turn the steering wheel to the right and left.
  • Note what side the wheel cannot be turned to, and the direction that has give.

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