What is the reason why the key will not turn in the ignition?

Answer

Commonly, a key does not turn in its ignition if the steering column is jammed or the car is not in park. Other reasons for the car key not turning include the ignition lock cylinder being clogged with dirt, the key being damaged or the ignition being broken, according to Stu's EZ Auto Remotes.

If the steering column is locked, a normal occurrence in older model cars, jiggling the steering wheel back and forth while trying to start the car solves the issue. If the key still does not turn, the driver should check to be sure that the car is in park. If the car is not in park, it will not be able to start.

If the car is in park and the key still does not turn, the driver should clean and lubricate the ignition lock cylinder (the part of the ignition the key is inserted into). Electrical contact cleaner is made for this purpose and clears away dust and build-up that clogs ignition lock cylinders. In addition, if the key is bent or damaged in any way, it will not be able to start the car. In this case, drivers must have a new key made. In the end, if the new key still does not turn, the ignition itself may be broken.

Q&A Related to "What is the reason why the key will not turn..."
1. Engage the parking brake in your vehicle. This will make sure that the wheels are not active or moving, thus preventing you from turning the key. 2. Turn the steering wheel in
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Most of the time it's because you have your car in the wrong gear. The key will not start the ignition if your car is in anything but park or neutral. Another common cause with vehicles
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To get a jammed key out of the ignition I would get a old pencil. Then get some chewing gum and put on the end of the pencil. Press the pencil in where the key is and get a grip and
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There is no single way how to remove an ignition key cylinder. Your technique is going to vary with the type of vehicle you are working on. Ford vehicles are the easiest to work on.
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