Ignition Switch Troubleshooting

Have you ever experienced your key getting stuck in the ignition of your vehicle? You can try wiggling and jiggling with all your might, but there is no way to get it unstuck. Don’t fret, there are a few things you can do to get your vehicle to let go of that sucker. Depending on what kind of car you own, we have a few suggestions that just may work out for you.

Anti-Theft Deterrence
Some cars have this nifty little anti-theft mechanism built into them that causes the steering wheel to lock up in case of vehicle theft. When this happens, the keys will get locked in the ignition switch as well. The way to disable this is by turning the wheel from side to side while also turning the key in the ignition. But, this method only applies to cars that have the traditional ignition method and car key. Cars that have a button to start or an electronic key won’t ever run into this issue. If you do have an electronic key and your car won’t start, then it’s more likely an electrical issue and you may need repairs.

Check the Gears, and Make Sure It’s the Right One

Sometimes why the ignition will not start when your key is inside is because the car may be in another gear. Some vehicles with an automatic transmission do not enable the key to turn unless it is in park or neutral. Make sure you’re in park mode before trying to turn the key.  If that doesn’t work, check the battery because it’s possible also your car won’t start because the battery is dead. In that case, try to get it jumped or serviced at a repair shop you trust. Keep in mind that if your key is worn out, the key will not turn on the ignition. You may need to get your key replaced if it’s been worn down to a point it no longer starts the car.  Another solution, just to bear in mind, is that you may have a moment of spacey-ness realizing you chose the wrong key to put in the ignition.  It happens to everyone, no need to be ashamed!

Written by GT Service Center