Most Common Reasons Why
Your Key Won’t Turn In Ignition

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It can be rather frustrating to turn your car on only to find out that your key won't turn in the ignition. You have a million things to do, and the last thing you needed is to be paralyzed by your car key.
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At Unlock-it LV, we fully understand the frustration. Thus we gathered the best solutions in a
scenario as such. Here are a few things you can do if your key won’t turn in the ignition.

Wear and Tear

The most common reason why your key won’t turn in the ignition is the
ignition cylinder being faulty. This could happen from constant usage over
time (depends on how often you use your car), which can wear your key or
damage your ignition wafers.
Thus, you must always have a spare key for your car just if the ignition
problem is related to a key failure.

Locked Steering Wheel

The second most popular reason for your key, not turning in the ignition is a
locked steering wheel. The locking steering column will activate every time
you take the key out of the ignition at the end of each drive.

You will need to gently turn the key in the ignition and jiggle the steering
wheel back and forth. Move your key out of the locked position, release
your steering wheel, and start your vehicle.

Dead Battery

In moments of stress and frustration, we tend to forget the obvious. If your
battery is dead, your key might not turn. Ensure that your car’s electrical
system is fully operating, and it’s not why your key won’t turn. Furthermore,
you might realize that your battery is not dead at all, and it’s related to a
loose wire or alternator failure that shuts your car’s electrical system.

To sum up…

Don’t panic; the most important thing is to stay calm and realize that there’s
a solution to your problem. If you tried all of the above and your key won’t
turn in the ignition, your best solution would be to call a locksmith who will
be able to examine the problem thoroughly. In rare situations, you might
have a problem that requires a professional solution. Do not try to fix it
yourself if you’re not confident about the solution. You can cause much
more damage to the ignition, which can end up being very costly.

Drive safe.

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