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.Know More
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.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
To hotwire a Chevy truck, the panel covering the ignition system and steering column should be unscrewed and removed. The screws are usually located directly underneath the steering wheel. Next, the wires that are connected to the ignition system must be disconnected. Strip the two red wires, and connect them together. Next, strip the brown wires, and connect them together, when the engine starts disconnect the brown wires.Full Answer >
Determining the reason why the steering wheel is locked is the first step in repairing it, and somtimes repair is as simple as jiggling the wheel while turning the key. A locked steering wheel could be caused by dirt in the ignition, a bent or broken key or a damaged or broken ignition. Also, the type of steering lock mechanism will affect the type of repairs that are necessary.Full Answer >
To start a car with a flathead screwdriver, run a wire between the positive battery terminal and the coil wire, insert the screwdriver between the steering wheel and the column, push past the locking pin, and lay the screwdriver shaft over the wires beneath it. This 10-minute procedure requires gloves, screwdriver with an insulated handle, a flashlight and a short wire.Full Answer >
Rack-and-pinion steering translates the rotational motion of the steering wheel into linear motion by using a round pinion gear at the end of the steering column and a toothed rack that connects to the tie rods to move the wheels to the left or right. A metal case encloses the rack-and-pinion mechanism.Full Answer >