Q: Put a new lock cylinder in and key wont turn and is stuck

asked by on January 29, 2017

Ignition jammed with key in it bought a new igniyion cylinder put it in and wont turn and key is stuck in it

The key and lock cylinder is not the problem most likely unless the key is not cut correctly. The most common cause is the key lock rod mechanism between lock cylinder and the ignition switch or the ignition switch is binding. Have the steering column covers removed and then remove the ignition switch to see if the key will turn. If it still will not turn then you will need to have steering column mechanism taken out to locate the broken lock mechanism inside the column. Make sure to disable the air bag system before any work on the steering column.

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

What others are asking

My ignition is messed up

You will need to replace the ignition key cylinder if that is all that is damaged. Once the damaged parts are installed then you can then reprogram your new keys by using one of the original keys held up to...

Key won't turn

Hi there. If the key isn't able to turn, try turning the wheel back and forth a few times while turning the key to unlock everything. Modern cars tend to have a locking system that will lock the steering wheel...

1999 Ford Ranger 2.5L. #3 and #4 cylinders are not firing, #2 sometimes doesn't fire.

You should first check the fuel pressure is within specification. Then check plugs are getting fire and then do a compression test on all 4 cylinders. If all this is normal then remove injectors to look for clogged injector inlet...

Oil pressure light is on

The oil pressure light will usually come on when a few things could be happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil, the oil pump could be failing or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly...

Small oil leak

The best recommendation is to get an oil change done and replace oil filter and drain plug seal. Then you can add oil dye to engine oil if leak continues. The dye can then be viewed with a black light...

.can the clutch on a.c. compressor freeze up taking out serpentine belt, and a.c. compressor be ok

As you may know the AC Clutch is the pulley that spins with the Belt. There are two ports on the rear of the Compressor. One is a Suction Port and the other is the Discharge Port. The Suction port...

How do I override the bounce-back?

The Bounce-Back feature stops the window from moving when it detects something in its way. This feature can be overridden. To override the Bounce-Back feature. When the window reaches a Bounce-Back position, move the power window switch to the...

My ignition locked up after all my dash lights were blinking car wouldn't start now can't get ignition freed up.

There are a number of things that can cause your ignition to lock up. I am assuming you are speaking of the ignition lock cylinder which is what the key inserts into. The easy one is to turn the wheel...

Transfer case making grinding noise

Hello. A grinding sound from the transfer case on this truck is an indication of an internal chain failure. This happens often on this vehicle. I will typically drain the fluid from the transfer case and see if there is...

Related articles

How Often Should the Ignition System Be Inspected?
Your Your ignition system is a critical part of both your car and daily driving experience. If it isn't working correctly, you could experience anything from poor engine operation to engine stall or failure to start. It’s critical that you...
Understanding Ford Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor (IOLM) System and Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Ford Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor indicates when and what service your car needs.
How Long Does an Ignition Relay Last?
When When trying to crank a car, you will need a few vital components to be working in order for the process to be successful. On most cars, there is an intricate network of relays and switches that allow for...