How do you release an ignition lock?
Wiggle the wheel back and forth while turning the key. While applying light pressure to the key, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth until the lock disengages. This will allow the steering wheel and the key to turn. The key will be able to turn freely in the ignition once the steering wheel is unlocked.
How come my ignition is locked?
Common reasons the ignition key won’t turn include attempting to use a key for a different vehicle, or a locked steering wheel. You can unlock the steering wheel by turning the steering wheel from side to side while simultaneously turning the ignition key on.
Why won’t my key turn in the lock?
Dirt and dust can sometimes find its way into a lock and build up over time. This can clog up the locking mechanism making it difficult to turn. You can apply some graphite spay or silicone based lubricant in the lock, put the key back in and turn it a few times.
Can you drill out an ignition lock?
Removing an ignition-lock cylinder is usually only possible with the ignition key. However, in a pinch, you can drill the lock out. This should only be used as a last resort, since you can permanently damage delicate components behind the cylinder.
How much does it cost to replace ignition lock cylinder?
The average cost for ignition lock cylinder replacement is between $220 and $254. Labor costs are estimated between $71 and $89 while parts are priced between $149 and $164. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location. Related repairs may also be needed.
How do I unlock my car if key won’t turn?
Lubrication. An old lock might just need some lubrication in order to turn properly. In this event, use some professional lubricant like W-D 40 to get the gears sliding better, then try the key again. If the problem was just debris or rust, lubricant will solve it.
How do you unlock a locked steering wheel?
Unlocking it will require using the ignition key in the same way you would when starting the vehicle. Insert the key into the ignition and see if it will turn. If the key will turn and start the vehicle, the wheel will unlock with the ignition cylinder.
What should I do if I can’t unlock the ignition?
Make sure to exert sufficient force on the steering wheel to successfully unlock the ignition switch. When these steps are properly followed the ignition switch will release quickly. If it takes more than a few attempts to release the ignition switch take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible to have the steering column inspected.
Is it possible to unlock a car by turning the key?
It may take a few tries, but if you apply pressure to the wheel in the right direction while simultaneously turning the key, it will unlock both, allowing the wheel to move freely and the vehicle to start. While it may take a fair amount of pressure, do not force either the wheel or the ignition to turn if they seem like they won’t.
How can I get a new ignition key?
Depending on the vehicle, the dealership may be able to produce a new key using your vehicle’s VIN number. You will need to provide sufficient evidence of ownership of the vehicle. If a new key cannot be produced, you will need to purchase a new ignition module with matching key and have it installed.