Ignition Key Won’t Turn

Ignition Key Won't Turn

You get to your car after a long day at work, you put the key in the ignition……and it just won't turn. What do you do? Most people's first reaction will be to jiggle the key in the ignition and try to make it happen. That's the worst thing you can do because it can only damage the cylinder more. The only possible way that the ignition isn't stuck is if the steering column is locked. If that isn't the case, than you better call a locksmith to help you resolve that problem. Most of the time, when the the key won't turn in the ignition cylinder, the problem is a small part inside the ignition lock cylinder called "side bar". That is the part that goes up when the key isn't in the ignition and prevents the cylinder from turning, and goes down when you insert the key in the ignition cylinder to allow you to turn it. It's movement is affected by lock wafer that match the cuts of the key. In some cases the lock cylinder doesn't have a sidebar, and in those cases the cylinder can be turned when the lock wafers sit right with the key. When the key or the wafers, or both are worn out, the ignition cylinder won't turn. Austin Premier Locksmith offer a full service for repairing or replacing the ignition cylinder and re key the new part to match the old key. For a professional and prompt service call now: (512)981-5046

Cars that are most likely to have that issue:

  • Ford Focus 2000-2004
  • Chrysler | Dodge | Jeep 1996 and up
  • GMC | Chevrolet | Pontiac | Buick | Oldsmobile 1996 and up
  • Toyota – various model
  • Other Models:

 Acura | Audi | BMW | Buick | Cadillac | Chevrolet | Chrysler | Dodge | Ford | GMC | Honda | Hyundai | Infiniti | Isuzu


Jaguar | Jeep | Kia | Land Rover | Lexus | Lincoln | Mazda | Mercedes | Mercury | Mitsubishi | Nissan | Oldsmobile                                

Pontiac | Saab | Suzuki | Scion | Saturn | Toyota | VW | Volvo