Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key not releasing from ignition

asked by on

My key is stuck in the ignition on my car. I am able to turn the steering wheel to the right to turn the car on, but I cannot turn it left, to release key.

A: Hello. You appear to have a worn safety shi...

Hello. You appear to have a worn safety shifter position switch, which requires the transmission be in Park to remove the key. Move the shift lever a few times firmly into the Park position, and re-enter your key. There is also the possibility that you have a worn key mechanism, which may need to be replaced. I suggest hiring a qualified specialist, such as one from YourMechanic, to properly determine the source and cause of your stuck key, and recommend the best path to repair.

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: Car making high pitched squeal.

The first issue is you overheated the engine because the cooling fan motor blew the fuse and the radiator split from getting overheated. You replaced the fuse and not the fan and should replace the fan motor also. You replaced...

Q: I have a 05 Chevy impala that the ignition switch won't turn. Is there a way to free it so my spare will start the car

Hey there. The 2000-2005 Chevy Impala models are included in the GM Ignition Switch Recall. You should contact your local Chevy dealer with your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and/or go to the safercar.gov website to check your VIN number for...

Q: How to fix loud lifter noise?

Add 1 quart of ATF to the engine oil and run the engine for 15 minutes at 2,000 rpm’s. This will thin out the engine oil and clean out the lifter with the high detergents. Then drain the oil and...

Related articles

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...
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...
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.