Q: Ignition cylinder locked.

asked by on January 08, 2016

My key won't turn at all in the ignition. I've tried moving the steering wheel, jiggling the gear shift, and nothing will work. Three different tow trucks have tried to tow it and because my key won't turn in the ignition, I can't get it in nuetral to push it.

Hello, it sounds like you have a broken ignition key tumbler. A new tumbler will have to installed since the old one will get destroyed while being removed. Have a qualified mechanic replace your ignition lock assembly to fix the problem.

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