Q: Q: Had to manually unlock car & key stuck in ignition

asked by on

When I tried to open the driver’s side door, the key would not open it so I used the manual entry. Then, when I inserted the key into the ignition, the car light did not come on and the engine would not start. Now, the key is locked in the ignition and cannot be removed. The car won’t start and also it now won’t even lock. I had not driven it for 48 hours prior to this. I’m thinking that the antilock system might have triggered this problem. Do you agree or if not, what is the cause and a solution? Thanks.

Try to turn the key to the On position and then press and hold the remote button until the central locking light blinks rapidly. Then release the button and turn off the ignition. This should reconnect the remote to the car and it should lock and unlock the car as normal allowing you to start it again. If not, then you may have to have the vehicle serviced for an anti-theft problem at the dealer. Alternatively, you could have a certified technician from YourMechanic come to your car’s location to diagnose your key issue and advise you on the next steps.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Had to manually unlock car & key stuck in ignition

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: Car tries to crank, but won't start.

It looks like there can be a couple of concerns going on here with your vehicle. Observing all of the lights illuminate on the dashboard is actually a good sign. When turning the key to the on position in your...

Q: Car stalls when driving up steep inclines - 2015 Chevrolet Volt

I would escalate this issue throught the Chevrolet dealer support system. There should be a description of the process with addresses and phone numbers in your Owners Manual. This information can also be found here: http://www.chevrolet.com/contact/call-us.html

Q: Question about engine compatability

Both years have the same base engine CDL26 and should be compatible with each other. The possible problem you may have even though they are only a year apart is there most likely will be changes in the engine sensors,...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.