At some point, we all end up stuck behind the wheel. Whether it’s out on the freeway or stuck in city traffic, we all know what it’s like to be stranded in a non-moving (or barely moving) car. However, have you ever been in the predicament of not being able to move because your key is stuck in your ignition? This can be an extremely annoying occurrence, and in today’s blog, Jackson and Fayetteville’s trusted 24-hour emergency locksmith would like to walk you through what to do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Remember if you are in need of emergency locksmith services, contact Lock Popper right now at 1-866-POPPERS.

Diagnose The Problem

Before we venture down the rabbit hole of resolving an issue with a key stuck in your ignition, we first need to make sure that you have the knowledge you need to properly diagnose the problem. After discovering that your key won’t come out of the ignition, it’s easy to jump to action, especially if you are running late or are in a hurry. However, remember to exercise patience as you go through these steps.

Make Sure The Car Is Turned Off

Though it might seem like a nonsensical step, you would be surprised by the number of people who have gotten frustrated by not being able to remove the key, only to find that the car is not completely turned off. Before you go about requesting a key extraction, ensure that the key is fully turned and locked into the off position.

Unlock The Steering Wheel

Just because your key won’t come out of your ignition does not mean that there is something wrong with your key or the ignition cylinder. There are other components of your vehicle that may be responsible for your key being stuck. One of these components is the steering wheel, which is often designed to lock up when there is no key in the ignition or when the wrong key is inserted. To rectify this potential problem, slowly rotate your wheel in both directions, while also applying some rotating pressure to your key. Though it’s a simple solution, it is not to be overlooked. It could be the only thing that is keeping you from moving.

Check For A Broken Key

A stuck key may indicate that your key may have broken off in your ignition. This can be the result of using a damaged key to operate your vehicle—which is why it is important to get damaged or bent keys repaired or replaced. If you think that this may be the case with your vehicle, remember to proceed with caution and be sure to not cause more damage. Depending on the severity of the situation, you may be able to extract the key yourself or you may need to contact a locksmith. Even if you are able to safely remove the key on your own, it is still advised that you take your vehicle to an expert locksmith to get your ignition cylinder examined.

Inspect the Ignition Cylinder

In comparison to the above-mentioned steps, this is a far more challenging task. This is because it’s hard to tell where the problem lies if you can’t get your key out. However, if one part of the key will slide out, this likely indicates that the problem is with the key, not the cylinder. Once you are able to rule out the key being the culprit, you can then move onto looking at the cylinder as being the root of the problem. Additionally, when inspecting the ignition cylinder, check to make sure that nothing is obstructing or prohibiting the movement of your key from going in and out of the cylinder. This hindrance can be created by something as simple as a dirt and grime buildup.  

A key stuck in your ignition is not only infuriating, but it is also something that should not be taken lightly. If you find yourself in this situation, be patient, don’t fret, follow this list, and contact your local locksmith. If you are in the Fayetteville, Arkansas, or Jackson, Mississippi, area call Lock Poppers. From key extractions to residential and commercial lockouts, our professional locksmiths are available 24-hours a day and are ready to handle all of your lock needs. Call us today!