Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car key won't turn

asked by on

My car key won't turn and is locked up.

Hi. There are only a few reasons why your key will not turn. Most of the time it is because the steering wheel is locked in one direction putting pressure on the key lock cylinder, or the cylinder is not functioning correctly. Try a spare key if you have one. Also try pulling on the steering wheel in both directions to see if the key will turn. If it still will not function, put some WD-40 on the key and push it in and out of the key cylinder. If there is no success, a mechanic would typically replace the key lock cylinder. I would recommend the help of a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, to service your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine runs hot

You may have a problem with low flow in the cooling system and some of the possible problems may be the water pump blades worn down causing lower flow and gives more flow at the higher engine RPM's. The next...

Q: Have a jeep grand cherokee it cranks but has no spark started a few times then nothing what sensor went bad

There could be a bad cam sensor, crank sensor, coil, or even a wiring issue. It would be best to test the components individually to determine which is causing the problem. My recommendation would be to connect a diagnostic scanner...

Q: Airbag light is on

Hi there. An airbag light is an indication there are fault code(s) present, I suggest having a certified mechanic, like one from Yourmechanic, scan your vehicle for airbag codes.

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.