Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Electrical problems, can't turn off the vehicle

asked by on

recently ive forgot to put my car in "park" and took the keys out , ive noticed i did that i put the keys back in the ignition put the car in park and tried to turn the car off , but now the engine wont turn off or the battery when i put the key in the ignition , it seems to be very loose no lock or click sounds . Ive tested to see if i can drive without the key in the car and i can .... ive finally got the car to turn off by checking my fuel manual and turning the car off that way , im afraid when i turn it back on to drive i will have to same problems ...what should i do ???

My car has 144000 miles.

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that you may have a damaged ignition lock cylinder. Virtually all ignition cylinders are designed to keep prevent you from removing the key if the transmission is not in park. If you were able to remove the key then that may be a sign that the ignition lock cylinder is broken or damaged, which could be why it is loose and making a clicking noise. As the ignition lock cylinder is directly connected to the electronic ignition switch, the component that controls power to the vehicle’s electronics and starting system, an issue with it can result in electrical problems with the vehicle. To restore proper functionality to the vehicle I would recommend a proper diagnosis and replacement of the ignition lock cylinder.

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: Ticking noise

Hello. A ticking sound from the engine can be caused by a few different things. Two of the most common causes, as you already figured, are from faulty injectors or an issue with the valve train. If the clicking is...

Q: Car keeps overheating,temp keeps rising

Hi DJ. Thanks for contacting us today. A head gasket replacement is typically needed because the vehicle originally overheated - not always the source of the overheating issue. It's quite possible that the root overheating issue has never been resolved....

Q: what is the oil pan made out of

Depending on the engine you have and the Lincoln vehicle you have the oil pan is made from stamped steel or cast aluminum. If you need to keep engine from freezing then have a engine block heater installed to be...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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.