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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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Joshua

Joshua

24 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
24 years of experience
Pontiac Sunbird - Ignition key does not turn - Oakland, California
Joshua was great. He arrived early which was a plus. He quickly resolved the problem and ordered the parts. I would recommend him to everyone. As a matter of fact while he was there attending my Mom's car, I had him to look at my car as well. He was wonderful and very professional.
Ford Explorer - Ignition key does not turn - Antioch, California
Job and explanation well done. Thank You
Choeun

Choeun

12 years of experience
180 reviews
Choeun
12 years of experience
Honda Pilot - Ignition key does not turn - Manteca, California
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.
Brandon

Brandon

15 years of experience
318 reviews
Brandon
15 years of experience
Dodge Grand Caravan - Ignition key does not turn - Raleigh, North Carolina
I've had Brandon before and have nothing but great things to say. He is very knowledgeable about all types of problems, does quick and efficient work, and makes suggestions on possible work that might also need attention. Keep up the great work!
Terrell

Terrell

38 years of experience
48 reviews
Terrell
38 years of experience
Toyota Tundra - Ignition key does not turn - Austin, Texas
Terre was on time and very knowledgeable about the problem I could be facing. He diagnosed the possibilities and arrived at at a solution that made good sense. I will be calling him back for service on other vehicles as then comes around.

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