Top Tips On What To Do When – Key Won’t Turn In Ignition

There are many reasons as to why an ignition starts to stick or becomes stuck. The more common reasons are usually linked with a damaged or worn key, or when the ignition-wafers become damaged.

What To Try When Key Won’t Turn In Ignition

Before you call a cerrajero urgente en Madrid, there are a few things you can try when your ignition is failing to turn.

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  • Wiggle Your Steering Wheel

Most steering columns will lock once the key has been removed. If the steering wheel becomes stuck in one position it will lock the ignition. Wiggle your steering wheel in a back-and-forth motion while trying to turn the key gently to assess whether this will solve the problem.

  • Check Your Gear Shift

Some of the cars that have an automatic transmission will not allow you to turn the key in the ignition when your car is either in neutral or park. Make sure the gear shift is in the right position before you try to turn your key again.

  • Try Your Spare Key

When your key won’t turn in ignition, try your spare keys first. If the spare key works, it may mean that the main key can no longer be used. Make sure you visit Madrid Cerrajeros to make a copy of your spare key. This will ensure that you always have a key that will work, even when you lose your main key or it wears down.

  • Use A Silicon-Based Spray In The Lock

Spray a silicon-based lock lubricant inside the door lock or the ignition. This lubricant will flush out any debris or dirt that might be causing your ignition to stick. You can also use this lubricant to clean the ignition wafers that may be stopping the key from being able to turn. Avoid using graphite or oil-based products. They may solve your immediate problem, but an oil-based product will attract more dirt, while graphite will start to gunk up as time goes by, which means the problem will probably come back.

  • Jiggle The Key In The Ignition

If none of the steps above have worked, try jiggling the key inside the lock very gently. If the issue is split wafers that are causing the key to jam, this action may free them up enough so that the key turns inside the ignition. If you manage to start the ignition, drive straight to your local locksmith to get the key extracted and repaired.