Q: Steering lock malfunction and key wont turn in ignition.

asked by on

my battery was drained I charged it and my fuses are still good. I disconnected the column integration module but my key is stuck in the ignition on lock and my car says steering lock malfunction and the steerin wheel turns

My car has 128000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your key could be stuck for several reasons. Since the steering wheel moves, it’s not the steering lock.

The first thing to attempt, is to use an electrical cleaner or air duster to remove any debris that may be stuck in the ignition cylinder. If dirt or debris is stuck inside the cylinder, with all its intricate moving parts, the key may become lodged inside and won’t turn or pull free. Worst case scenario you will need to replace the entire ignition cylinder.

If you need assistance with this, consider YourMechanic to get the job done. One of our mobile technicians can come to your home to diagnose the issue with your key and help you make the necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Steering lock malfunction and key wont 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: temp gauge in normal range, turn off car and electric fans are running. Open hood and coolant overflow tank is overflowing

The cooling fans running on a 90 degree day is fairly normal for most cars. The coolant overflow full with pressure is also normal. As the heat of the coolant heats up and cools down this causes an expanding and...

Q: P0116 Code. Engine Temperature is high. Do I have air in my system? Water Pump issues?

Hi there. Check the thermostat by watching the coolant temperature gauge. When the engine gets hot and the thermostat opens up, then needle moves down a little bit. If the needle does not move and the system seems to be...

Q: Q: How do you adjust the steering wheel?

Your car’s steering wheel is designed to adjust. That gives you the ability to customize your sitting position so that you’re comfortable and can easily reach both the steering wheel and pedals no matter how tall or short you might...

Related articles

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...
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...