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Ignition key does not turn Inspection Service

A frozen or hard-to-turn ignition key is more than just a nuisance. It could mean a serious repair is in your future if you ignore the symptoms.

How this system works:

A car's ignition switch serves two purposes. First, it controls the power to many of the car's accessories, such as the radio, preventing them from running down the car's battery when the vehicle is parked for prolonged periods of time. More importantly, the ignition bridges the gap between the starter and the battery, so the battery can send a powerful surge of electricity to the starter to “start” the car. If your ignition key doesn't turn, you can't start the car, and thus, you can’t drive anywhere.

Common reasons for this to happen:

Locked steering wheel

Most modern vehicles have built-in theft-protection features that “lock” the steering wheel when you remove the key from the ignition. Thieves aren't able to steal a car if they can't drive it away. Some steering columns lock in such a way that requires you to first “unlock” them before you can turn the ignition key.

Debris jammed in the ignition switch

An ignition can be extremely fragile. Dirt, lint, or other debris from your pocket or purse might become stuck to the key and, thus, pushed down into the ignition lock cylinder, causing it to seize or get jammed.

Worn, damaged, or bent key

Car keys are pretty durable, but they are not indestructible. If the key doesn’t sit firmly into the locking cylinder, or if the ridges of the key have worn down with age, the tumblers inside the lock cylinder may not unlock or turn.

Worn, damaged or failed ignition lock cylinder

This is one of your car's primary security features and the place where you insert the key to start the vehicle. It is connected to the ignition lock electrical assembly/ignition switch. A worn lock cylinder may prevent the key from being fully inserted, or make the key difficult to remove.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the cause of the ignition system issue, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How important is this service?

Many ignition problems are easily remedied. Should a more involved service be necessary, it may be the difference between being able to reliably start your engine or being stuck with an inoperable car. Book a mechanic for a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

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Choeun

12 years of experience
180 reviews
Choeun
12 years of experience
Choeun was very specific in his diagnosis. We had received several suggestions from Honda dealers in the past which were very vague and estimated to be very costly so we never had the issue taken care of; we just left the key in the ignition all the time so it would work (not a good choice). Choeun recommended a locksmith who could rebuild the locking cylinder and when that is complete he will come back and fix the other issues that need to be taken care of on the car. He is very personable and trustworthy.
2003 HONDA PILOT - IGNITION KEY DOES NOT TURN - MANTECA, CALIFORNIA

Lamont

27 years of experience
59 reviews
Lamont
27 years of experience
Lamont was timely and professional and very willing to share information with me. I highly recommend him. In the end, the problem required a locksmith.
2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO - IGNITION KEY DOES NOT TURN - RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA

Robert

29 years of experience
175 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Robert was very courteous and professional, and clearly cared very much about finding a solution to my car's problem. The inspection was thorough and well-documented, and I would certainly use him again in the future.
2001 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - IGNITION KEY DOES NOT TURN - SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Jay

34 years of experience
519 reviews
Jay
34 years of experience
Very informative. He advised me on what I need to do in the future for not just my Buick but for my Toyota truck as well. Our problem with the Buick was the vacuum hose had come loose.
1992 BUICK REGAL - IGNITION KEY DOES NOT TURN - RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

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