How to fix a jammed car ignition?
- Use a lubricant like WD40 if available. Spray directly into the ignition for one second.
- Jiggle the key a little in and out, up and down at the same time as you are turning the key. Don't apply too much force.
- Try turning the steering wheel as you turn the key.
- Try using a spare key. A spare key often has less wear and picks up warn wafers better.
- Call a locksmith. You're pretty much done all you can do.
What to do next after tunring key?
How to get a stuck key out of car ignition?
The same rules apply as a key not turning in ignition, except tip #4. It's best to try and get the ignition to turn on if you don't have a spare key as you can still drive the car after it turns on. If you manage to remove the key, check the key for any cracks. This can sometimes be the reason the key is not coming out. Try a spare key if available. As mentioned, a spare is often in better condition than the key that is regularly used.
Why do car ignitions jam?
Car ignitions get a real workout but rarely get lubricated. It's no surprise to see car ignitions jamming up all the time. You basically have metal rubbing on metal and eventually something is going to give, which is either the key or the ignition.