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How to Get a Replacement Car Key
Replacing a car key can be a messy and frustrating experience. Sometimes the key breaks, while at other times it may just bend a wear down until it no longer functions correctly....
How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won't Turn Off
If your car won't turn off, inspect the power relay, idle speed, ignition timing, and spark plugs. Using premium fuel may help but isn't a solution.
How to Diagnose an Ignition Key That Won’t Turn
If your car key won't turn in the ignition and your steering wheel locks it's easy to fix. Try jiggling the steering wheel and checking the battery.
B2100 OBD-II Trouble Code: Driver's Door Key Cylinder Switch Failure
B2100 trouble code means a failure in the driver's door key cylinder, often due to a defective driver's door key cylinder switch.
B2104 OBD-II Trouble Code: Door Passenger Key Cylinder Switch Failure
B2104 trouble code means there's a failure in the passenger door key cylinder switch, caused by a failed component in the switch.
How to Safely Break Into Your Own Car
If you locked keys in your car you may need to break into your car to get them out. Use a coat hanger to or slim metal tool to open a locked car door.
How Long Does a Door Lock Cylinder Last?
We don't usually think about our door lock. It's just a part on our car that we expect to work at all times, so we can safely lock up our vehicle...
How to Buy a Good Quality Key Chain
While not a car part, your key chain can still play a pretty important role to your vehicle. With today’s key chains offering a wide range of features, it’s suddenly...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Hatch Lock Cylinder
Common signs include the hatch lock cylinder just spinning or not turning at all when you insert the key, and the key not even being able to go in.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tailgate Locking Assembly
Common signs include the power lock not working, tailgate lock not latching, and tailgate lock cylinder not turning.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Lock Actuator
Common signs include the trunk not opening even after hearing a click, the release buttons not working, and an actuator that doesn't stop clicking.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Lock Cylinder
Common signs include the key not going in, lock not turning or feeling stiff, and no resistance when turning the key.
How Long Does a Trunk Lock Cylinder Last?
A car has a variety of different safety features that will allow them to keep would be thieves at bay. Among the most beneficial of these safety features are the locks...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Lock Relay
If the power door locks function intermittently or do not work at all, you may need to replace the door lock relay.
How Long Does an Ignition Lock Cylinder Last?
For most car owners, getting in and cranking their vehicle up is not something that they think about. In order for a car to crank properly, a number of different components...
How Long Does a Steering Column Actuator Last?
Modern cars use electronic systems to ensure that the steering wheel locks in place when the key is out of the ignition, and to prevent the key from coming out of...
How to Install an Ignition Switch
When your ignition switch fails, it can cause a number of different issues. You may experience anything from a failure to start, to a stalling problem, to a series...
How to Remove a Broken Car Key From the Ignition
After many years of use, your car key may break off in the lock. When this happens, it renders the lock unusable until you can get the broken...
7 Tips to Prevent Being Locked Out of Your Car
While there are many things that can go wrong while driving around in your car, locking yourself out ranks near the top of the list...

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Everyday key won't start the car but spare key will?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing you should do is inspect the key for any obvious damages that would stop the ignition from starting. Secondly you will want to attempt to reprogram your main key. Your owners...
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My key will not easily come out of the ignition on my 2011 Mercedes C300
Hello. If the key will come out then you have an issue with the key lock sensor in the shifter assembly. It is not uncommon for the shifter assembly to break internally or to become warped and make poor contact,...
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Replacement Key?
It sounds like you ended up with a "workshop" lock cylinder. That is a cylinder that you put in to get a car back in action while waiting on the correct cylinder. The workshop cylinder has it's own keys, but...
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Car sometimes doesn't start when the key is in the 'ON' position and when turned there is absolutely nothing happening.
Hi there. There is an issue with the ignition switch and it needs to be replaced or the wiring to the ignition switch is damaged in the steering column. If you vehicle has a tilt steering column, change the tilt...
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Won't turn over every turn of the key
If the ignition switch itself is defective that could implicate Code P0310, as suggested by the below list of causes (which list includes the ignition circuit) of that code setting. You seem to be describing a circumstance where electrical contact...
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I can't turn the key on my Mercedes E320
The simplest Answer is that the steering column is under torque. If the car was parked while the steering wheel was sharply turned, the column lock may be jammed. You can unjam it by turning the steering wheel slightly. In...
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Chip in key 2003 Land Rover Freelander
Hello - this is correct. There is a transponder chip inside your old key that is programmed already to your in-car receiver. Disassembling the old key, remove the chip, and installing it in your new key (discard or save the...
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Ignition key won't come out of the switch.
Hi there. If the steering wheel lock is causing the key to say in the ignition system and also keeping the vehicle from starting due to the lock being stuck, then the steering wheel lock solenoid may not be working....
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Put a new lock cylinder in and key wont turn and is stuck
The key and lock cylinder is not the problem most likely unless the key is not cut correctly. The most common cause is the key lock rod mechanism between lock cylinder and the ignition switch or the ignition switch is...
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My gear shifter and key are stuck in my 2006 Volkswagen Passat
Hello. It sounds like you have a battery issue. When the battery dies it will cause these system to lock due to the lack of voltage. I would start by checking the battery. If the battery is fine then it...
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Lost the truck key and went to dealer to get a new one. Got home and it won't turn the ignition on. What could be wrong? It unlocks doors but that's it.
Hi there. The key will have to be programmed to your vehicle. First put the key in the ignition switch. Turn on the switch to the 'ON' position. Then press the unlock button and hold it. Turn off the ignition...
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I put a new ignition switch in my truck and it still isn't turning over the keys.
Hi there. You will have to program the keys to the vehicle to have the vehicle register the key. To reprogram the key, perform the following: Put the key in the ignition switch and turn it to the 'ON'...
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My push start car won't work and the remote battery is charged
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the make and model of the vehicle it is difficult to determine the exact components that are involved with your keyless ignition. Typically this will occur if there is a weak signal...
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Replacing the ignition key cylinder lock.
Hi there. You do not need to remove the steering wheel. You will have to remove the upper and lower covers to the steering column. Then remove the locking clip and collar on the ignition switch and push in on...
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I have a 2011 Hyundai sonata and the key is stuck in the acc position and will not turn off. I can start the car but I can't turn
Hello, thank you for writing in. When the key will not turn to the "Off" position, typically that will mean that you have an issue with you neutral safety switch. This safety feature limits your ability to turn the key...
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Key won't turn in the ignition switch.
Hi there. If the key can go into the ignition switch and turn then the key is the right one. If the switch is not turning all the way, then the switch is damaged and needs replaced with the key...
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Key stuck in the ignition.
To remove the key from the ignition switch, try turning the steering wheel left and right as you turn the ignition switch. Make sure that the vehicle is in park to make the interlock solenoid unlock the ignition switch lock....
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My key won't come out of ignition for my 2007 Chevrolet impala.
Try turning the steering wheel hard from the left to the right and wiggle the key around a little bit. If the key is still stuck, then you will need to remove the plastic molding around the steering column to...
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My key ignition won't turn.
The issue could be the steering column lock mechanism or the key cylinder, or both. To repair those components, typically there will be partial disassembly of the steering column. That is a sensitive area as the air bag is installed...
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Old AND Brand new BMW keys will not link work to unlock, etc. What would be my next option?
Hello Chris, thanks for writing in. The BMW key learning procedure for a new key needs an existing master key that communicates effectively with the ignition. If the key that came with the car is not properly programmed, then the...

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