Q: What would stop the ignition lock cylinder from going back in its casing?

asked by on

Im changing my ignition lock cylinder, I took it out of its casing to change the tumblers and now it's stuck halfway in. The keys turns the cylinder a little bit but I can't get it to go in anymore.

My car has 108000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Unfortunately, without physically seeing the ignition cylinder in person, it would be difficult to determine why it is unable to go back in.

One thing you can attempt to do is to take your Dodge’s ignition cylinder to a locksmith to be sure that it has been keyed and assembled properly. I personally have had difficulty with re-keying ignitions and many times, one tiny piece was needed to be flipped correctly in order for the whole system to work.

It is always a good idea to take a video or pictures of the step-by-step process of taking it apart, that way you have something to refer back to when reassembling.

If you are pressed for time or prefer to have someone come take this headache away from you, enlist the assistance of one of our mobile technicians. They will come out and diagnose your ignition cylinder issue and, provided there are no unseen problems, should be able to get you up and running fairly quickly. If there is an unseen problem, they will be able to quickly identify it and assist you with your repairs.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What would stop the ignition lock cylinder from going back in its casing?

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: Q: Back power window not working

Hello. If you have one window that stopped working it is typically caused by a window motor or regulator. These typically need to be replaced together. I typically remove the door panel and check to see if there is power...

Q: Q: Steering wheel locked

This is a pretty common problem on Ford trucks. Typically, you can get the steering wheel to unlock by turning the wheel side to side while also turning the key forward. If this doesn't work you likely need to replace...

Q: What would make my 2003 dodge ram shut off in the middle of the high way? Once on the side the car would not start.

Hi there. Typically when an engine shuts off while under acceleration, it is caused by an instant reduction in fuel flow or an ignition system component that failed. Among the leading candidates include, fuel pump failure, fuel pump relay, or...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...