You need to be somewhere, but your car key won’t turn in the ignition – what now?
The good news is there are several possible reasons for this, many of which you can easily address. Some options may require the help of a locksmith, while others are DIY solutions.
Before we get into some of the reasons why that car key might be refusing to turn, make sure you have tried jiggling the steering wheel to unlock it, allowing you to turn the key. Still not working? Here are some other suggestions:
- Lubricate the ignition. If the cylinder of your ignition is jammed, it might be the cause of your key getting stuck. A silicon or graphite-based lubricant is a better choice for this as it won’t collect dust and grime later on. Once you spray the lubricant, jiggle the key again before you spray more.
- Make sure the key isn’t broken. If your car key won’t turn in the ignition, you might not have noticed that it’s actually broken. Take your key to a locksmith for them to have a look at both the key and the ignition cylinder. To test this yourself, you could try using your spare key instead. If that works, your original is definitely broken.
If neither of these options works, you may need to replace your car key or the ignition cylinder completely. You could speak to your dealership about this, but they may not be able to assist you immediately. Contacting a locksmith is generally a quicker option, provided your locksmith of choice provides this particular service.
If you find yourself stuck on the side of the road (or your driveway), feel free to contact Quickly Locksmith on (305) 984-9922 and we will meet you at your location.