Why Does My Gold Canyon Car Key Get Stuck in the Ignition?
There is perhaps no more important component in your car besides the ignition. It is the only way you have to start the car. If the ignition fails or your key gets stuck in the ignition, you have no other option for starting the car. You'll be stranded wherever you are. If it's the middle of summer in Gold Canyon, that means being stuck in unbearable heat.
Calling a Gold Canyon auto locksmith who specializes in car keys cut on the spot can help. The locksmith may be able to remove the key and cut you a new one, or the locksmith may be able to perform an ignition replacement.
Here are a few reasons why your key might get stuck in the ignition:
Worn Out Ignition Cylinder
The ignition cylinder is the unit that holds the key when you try to start the car. There are numerous moving parts in the engine cylinder, and if any of them are worn down, the cylinder won't work properly. Some pieces may have slightly lost their shape, so they don't interact with other parts the way they should.
Debris like lint or dirt can also block parts in the ignition cylinder, causing it to work improperly and the key to get stuck. Cleaning the ignition cylinder can solve the problem of debris, but worn out parts will require a total ignition replacement.
Car not in "Park"
You cannot start a car if the transmission is in gear. A manual transmission must be set to a neutral position, and an automatic transmission must be set to "park." If the transmission is in gear, the key will not move, and neither will the ignition. If you can't start your car, look to your gear stick first. If the shifter is in the right position then you'll need to consider other sources for the problem.
Many vehicles have a steering wheel that locks to prevent theft. If the wheel is locked, the key won't turn in the ignition. This problem may be as simple as wiggling the key or the wheel a bit until one or both can turn. If the wheel being locked is what is causing your key to be stuck, this should be all you need to do to remove it.
When your vehicle's battery dies, the steering wheel won't turn and neither will the ignition. If you can't turn your ignition, you also can't remove your key. Check your battery if you are having a problem with the ignition. Simply charging your battery might be enough to get your ignition working again and get you on your way. Worn out keys can also get stuck in the ignition. If that happens, you need to call an auto locksmith like U.S. Key Service that specializes in Arizona car keys cut on the spot. The key can be machine cut based on the vehicle ID rather than copied from the old, defective key. U.S. Key Service is a mobile auto locksmith serving customers throughout Arizona. Whether you need a new key or an ignition replacement, we'll be there to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.