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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 Diagnose an Ignition Key That Won’t Turn
It can be a frustrating experience when you first insert your key into your car and it fails to turn in the ignition. Your mind races with all the possibilities...
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.
4 Essential Things to Know About the Keys to Your Car
Car keys are an essential part of your vehicle and there are a few different types of them depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Car keys will allow you...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device
Your car’s anti-theft device is installed in an effort to help protect your investment from thieves. Most cars today include a variety of these devices and systems that not only protect the car,...
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...
How Car Keypad Locks Work
Pioneered by Ford, keypads let you lock, unlock without keys Pioneered by Ford, keypad door systems began appearing on high-end car and SUV products in the early 1980s. Ford took advantage of the then-new digital...

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Locked my keys in the lining of the trunk door. Is there away to get into the trunk the spare key I have doesn't unlock my trunk
Hello. Without the rear seats folding down, you will have to access the trunk through the back seat. This will require starting by removing the entire back seat. Once you have removed it, you will need to find the access...
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My car key is stuck in the ignition
Hi there: There are a few things you should try. First, try to wiggle the steering wheel slightly as you try to push the key forward or all the way back. It's possible the steering wheel is locked which is...
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Why my key won't turn in my ignition?
Hello. The symptoms you are having with your ignition cylinder may be attributed to several faults. Make sure the steering wheel is not locked by rotating it both directions and making sure it will move. Afterwards, the first and easiest...
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Key isn't stuck in the ignition, but will not turn at all, and I know the battery is dead. Is it the battery or worn key cylinder?
Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel hard and see if the ignition tumbler will unlock. If the tumbler will unlock, then the lock inside the steering column is worn and needs replaced. If the steering will not unlock, then...
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Broke key triggers anti theft system on 2011 camaro.
The broken key set may no longer be giving off the signal saved in the vehicles anti-theft system. If the vehicle cannot verify the signal for the key, it will not start as if someone was trying to steal the...
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Key won't turn in the ignition 1978 Ford Mustang II
Hi there - there a couple of possible faults preventing your ignition key from turning in the ignition lock cylinder. First is that the key is sufficient worn, or the lock tumblers themselves, that they are simply not moving the...
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Key broke
You will need to visit your local dealer to be able to deal with getting a new key and having it programmed to the vehicle. Aftermarket vendors often have a difficult time with programming new keys and key fobs. ...
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When cranking the engine, there are a few sparks on the ignition coil and then they cut off
That green key light flashing is the vehicle's immobilizer system. The system either does not recognize the key, or has not received the key ID, and stops the engine from starting. This is why you see some sparks, then it...
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The key switch will turn to acc but not to start.
It sounds like you may have a worn key or worn key cylinder. Make sure the steering lock isn't in a bind and keeping you from fully turning the key; if it is, then turn the steering wheel so that...
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How can I get in my trunk through the back seat?
Hello. Accessing the trunk from the back seat will require removal of the seat and part of the side panel. If you have the owners manual, it will likely have more information on this. There are a set of screws...
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Random no-start. Turning key and no response, I turn the key back off and turn it again and the car starts
Hey there. This is a sign of a faulty or failing ignition switch. When this begins to fail, this is usually a sign of the contacts inside the switch wearing out. When you put your key in the ignition and...
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I lost my key and remote - can I program a new key myself?
Hello - unfortunately no. Modern electronic-key security systems differ from one manufacturer to the next, and each has specialized equipment for programming and setting options on remotes and electronic keys. This equipment is also not usually available to non-dealer service...
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ECU disconnected
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. First, remove the ground cable from the battery and let it stay off for 12 minutes. Then hook up the battery cable and retry the key. If your vehicle still gives you the same...
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Why is my key getting stuck in the ignition when turning off my car and being difficult to shift out of park?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The vehicle unable to shift out of park is the shifter lock solenoid. The solenoid has a short within in it or it has failed. Remove the shifter housing from the vehicle and turn...
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Engine fan non-stop running until you turn the ignition key off
A P2184 code indicates temp sensor circuit low. That means the voltage that the ECU reads on the temp sensor is low. The ECU interprets this as a hot engine and turns on the fan. A short circuit in the...
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I switched my steering lock and now my key won't work on my car. What should I do?
Whenever the keys or ignition lock are replaced on Mercedes models equipped with the smart key, the dealership must reprogram the ignition and keys together. Unfortunately, the vehicle may have to be towed to your local Mercedes dealership along with...
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Turn key won't start. When I keep turning the key it will start. Had the starter checked and it was good.
Hi there. It is possible, the ignition switch is at fault for the no crank situation. It could also be the result of, a faulty clutch inhibitor switch manual transmission, a faulty neutral safety switch automatic transmission, a faulty starter...
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My ignition is jammed and my key won't turn
Hi there. What you're describing is commonly associated with a broken ignition lock cylinder. The ignition lock assembly is a tumbler and key mechanism that is used to trigger power supply to auxiliary components and engage the starter motor to...
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Car won't start
If you have a key fob with a good battery, you should be able to toggle the alarm on and off. If your car is Passlock equipped you could try the 30 minute re-learn procedure. You will go through three...
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Key will not turn, steering wheel isn't locked
Hello. It sounds like you are possibly having one of two different mechanical problems. The first includes the wearing out of the linkage between the transmission and the shift knob. The vehicle must read that the shifter is locked in...

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