Q: I don't know if I have to change my lock cylinder or the whole ignition switch - the car isn't starting and the key doesn't come out

asked by on

My car is not starting no crank or any other sound I hear a sound in the fuse box and nothing happens I checked the battery and it is in good conditions

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. It sounds like you may have two concerns. If the battery has tested good, then the next step would be to check all fuses and relays and replace as necessary. Then a voltage drop test may be needed to eliminate a possible cable resistance concern, but it may ultimately be the starter not engaging. If the key is not coming out of the cylinder, then the cylinder and key may need to be replaced. It sounds like the internal tumblers/key is worn. I strongly suggest asking a qualified technician to perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. YourMechanic has several available technicians who can assist you with a car does not start inspection and key will not come out of the cylinder inspection.

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. I don't know if I have to change my lock cylinder or the whole ignition switch - the car isn't starting and the key doesn't come out

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: How much should it cost to replace a fuel pump relay?

A fuel pump relay will typically cost about $25 for the part, and a mechanic may charge a minimum of an hour's worth of labor to replace it. The vehicle not starting may be a fuel pump or relay along...

Q: There is a misfire on cylinder 2. I changed the cylinder and spark plug but am still having the misfire.

Hello. If you switched the spark plugs relating to two different cylinders and the same cylinder exhibited the same signs, then the issue is related to the other components on that cylinder. The test you performed was a great one....

Q: 2004 Cadillac cts 3.6 car only cranks when i jump start starter relay

Based on what you described, the only possibility is that the starter relay is faulty. You may have purchased a faulty one somehow. The reason that I say this is because if you eliminate the starter relay from the equation,...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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.