Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key stuck in ignition switch

asked by on

The vehicle's key is stuck in the ignition switch. The steering lock also seems to be broken.

I believe the part you might be referring to is not the ignition switch but rather the lock cylinder. The ignition switch as an actual electronic switch located further down the steering column on your vehicle. The lock cylinder is where the actual key goes in. The lock cylinder is connected to a gear on the opposite side of the steering column that engages the lock and lock plate assembly. The gear and connection pieces in the cylinder are made of a soft metal. It is not uncommon for them to break over time. Disassembly of the steering column is required to replace the lock cylinder. Some special tools are required for example a steering wheel remover and lock plate remover/installer. I suggest seeking the help of a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you with this.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Key stuck in ignition switch

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: New CV axle caused what looks like positive camber

Hello. Your Daytona needs to be aligned. The bottom attachment of the front struts is often the adjustment point for camber on many front-wheel drive vehicles these days. When the strut is replaced, the alignment is "lost", and the suspension...

Q: Car continues to run after taking the key out of ignition

If the rest of the vehicle is staying powered up as well (radio, lights, etc.), then there may be a problem with the ignition switch. Otherwise, there may be a shorted circuit allowing the fuel pump and ignition system to...

Q: Can you put a Mazda ignition switch in a Honda

Hi there. Switching the ignition switch depends on the year of the vehicle. Older Honda's and Mazda's could swap out the ignition switch together, but the newer vehicles cannot as they are coded for each vehicle by VIN number. If...

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...