Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key gets stuck in the ignition and is hard to get out

asked by on

On multiple occasions, my key has become stuck in the ignition of my 2011 Toyota Tundra. This is really inconvenient when it happens and it can take a minute or two of moving the key around to finally get it loose. A couple of times I was in a hurry and left it, good thing i’m out in the country! How big of a repair is this? I would hate to drop thousands of dollars on a new truck with only 48,000 miles on it.

A: Provided that you can turn your key to the ...

Provided that you can turn your key to the off position where you would normally pull it out, it appears that the tumblers in your key cylinder are sticking or binding, preventing the key from being extracted. A quick simple thing that you should do first is spray an anti-seize penetrant directly into the keyhole, preferably a graphite based one. Then pull the key in and out of the lock to work the penetrant into the tumblers. If this doesn’t solve your issue, then you will have to have the ignition cylinder lock replaced by a professional.

A certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can inspect and diagnose your key and ignition issue at your home or office and advise you on any repairs that will solve the problem. This is not a very big job, but it does take someone who knows what they are doing.

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: Engine light on. Problems accelerating

Hi There, Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below...

Q: Engine seized...rods shot out both sides of engine block.

Hello. To answer your question, yes, the lack of an air filter can cause catastrophic engine damage. Over time, the debris will build up inside of the engine as it mixes with air and other carbon contaminates. Eventually, it will...

Q: What does the Intelligent Key system fault Warning Light mean?

The Intelligent Key system fault Warning Light is located on the instrument panel. This light illuminates when the Intelligent Key system is not operating properly. If you notice that this warning light is on, have your system serviced as soon...

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...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...