Car keys can get stuck in your car’s ignition because of a number of factors, thus leading you to get stuck, and unable to use your car, which can be a real hassle. To determine what is causing the problem in order to resolve it, here are the top 7 reasons why a key gets stuck in the ignition.
Parking Gear Isn’t Ready
Most of the time, the reason behind a stuck car key is that the gear is not in “Park”, mostly because when you try to shift into ‘park’, the gear did not move all the way over. Before attempting to remove the key, make sure that the “P” is highlighted on your car’s digital display if it displays gear settings. If you drive a manual car, ensure that the gear switch is set to “Neutral”.
Locked steering wheel
The majority of cars have a built-in steering wheel lock, which automatically gets triggered if you switch off your automobile while turning the steering. With the lock enabled, it will be impossible or you to turn the steering wheel or take the key out of the ignition.
On the Key: Debris
Are you habitual of opening packages and shipments using your automobile keys? While this approach assists you in pulling the box tape through, it can also cause the tape to stick to the key. If this happens, you will have a harder time contacting the pins of the ignition cylinder with your key if you place it in the ignition while the tape is still stuck to it.
The battery provides electricity to the ignition system, which allows it to work correctly. Therefore, the key withdrawal will be impossible if the battery is dead.
Worn out or damaged key
Car keys get degraded due to the effects of wear and tear after some time. The key wears down a little bit every time you insert it in the ignition.
Moreover, when the key is not in use, it is tossed around on hard surfaces or kept in pockets and purses with various other objects that further cause it to degrade.
A worn-out key is more likely to get stuck in the ignition, so be sure to get it replaced when you see signs of damage on it.