Q: Key will not turn in ignition.

asked by on

I was installing a car audio system, and to do so I have to take off my dash to reach the back of my stereo. so I had to turn my key to "on" but not fully started to take off the dash easier. but when I pulled off my dash, it ripped out my car key out of the ignition while it was still on. I then put the key back in and turned it off and now it will not turn at all.

My car has 155000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. After reading your submission, it looks as if you may have damaged the actual ignition switch when you took the dash off when the key was ’ripped’ out of the ignition switch. When this occurred, it misaligned the tumblers inside the key hole, leading to the problem you’re experiencing now. Your best bet is to have the ignition switch replaced. If you need help with this, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to perform this task for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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 will not turn in ignition.

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: Stutters under acceleration or load, fine at idle

If there are no codes for a random misfire on any cylinder, the ignition control module - what the ignition coils are plugged into - is known for causing your eact symptoms. It can cause intermittent misfires. I suggest having...

Q: Oil Leak

Hi there. In order to repair an oil leak, it has to first be identified. It can be as minor as a small oil line that needs replacing or a major issue such as a broken oil seal or gasket....

Q: BOTH AC FAN AND RADIATOR FAN NOT COMING ON

The problem you are describing likely stems from an electrical fault which would include things like a break in circuit wiring, bad grounds, relays, fuses, resistors, the fan motors themselves as well as the engine cooling temperature sensor. If engine...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...