Q: Ignition lock damaged

asked by on February 09, 2016

The ignition lock was destroyed by a car thief, and I can't use my key to start the car.

You may need to replace the entire steering column, or just the key cylinder; only a visual inspection can verify the extent of the damage, and what parts would be needed for repair. I would recommend having a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the steering column and recommend the best path to repair.

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