Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key not going into ignition

asked by on

My key would not go into the ignition of my car. AAA came out and did a temporary fix. According to AAA, my ignition was not releasing from the lock position. AAA says the wiring is loose and needs to be fixed correctly.

A: Hi, if the wiring is damaged then the compu...

Hi, if the wiring is damaged then the computer won’t be able to communicate with the lock cylinder correctly and cause it to lock up. You should have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the wiring from the lock cylinder to determine what the issue with your ignition not turning is.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Key not turning all the way off

Sounds like you are having a problem with the shifter. The shifter and the key work together and have a safety mechanism that keeps you from turning the key back when it is not in park. This way you avoid...

Q: Car is misfiring

It sounds to me like you have a wire connector issue with the ignition coil pins. The male and female sides fit too loose and only make partial contact. After driving a while a small amount of corrosion forms in...

Q: How do I create a MyKey?

The MyKey feature allows you to program certain keys. These keys restrict certain driving functions to promote safe driving. To create a MyKey. Press the Setup button until you see “Press Reset to Create MyKey.” Press the Reset button....

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 Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...