Ignition cylinder locked up.

The ignition cylinder on my vehicle is locked up.
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Try all available keys you have and turn the steering wheel towards the center to ensure the steering wheel lock is not binding and preventing the key from being turned. If keys are excessively worn you may want to get a fresh key cut by code from the dealer to try. Generally in this case, however, either the lock cylinder itself or the ignition lock cylinder housing on the steering column is worn/damaged if neither of the above measures allow the key to be turned. Enlist the help of a mechanic like one from Your Mechanic, to remove the ignition lock cylinder from the housing and inspect the components to determine the faulty component and assist in the final repair.

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To work correctly, the ignition mechanism is powered by the battery. If the battery fails, the ignition will automatically get locked up. Then you won`t be able to pull the key out of the ignition. In this situation, the best thing to do is to wait for the battery to start itself or for a new battery to be fitted.
The most common reasons a Ford Explorer key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key.
Some lock cylinders can be repaired by locksmiths by replacing or smoothing wafers. In cases where an ignition lock cylinder has to be replaced, the vehicle will also need new keys and new locks for the doors and trunk.
If the ignition switch is left in the “Lock” position, this will lock the car until it moves the key from the lock position. That means that if the ignition switch is in the locked position, no matter how you try, the engine will not start. That means, even if the battery is dead.
The ignition lock cylinder is the cylindrical and mechanical part used to start your car. Housed inside the electrical component that locks the ignition known as the ignition switch. It`s often welded onto the steering column and is usually located on the right side, behind the steering wheel.
Bypassing a broken ignition switch is quite a technical procedure that will require a little more than just a manual and a keen sense of learning. The best case scenario is that you take your car to a professional to handle it or simply just replace the switch.

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Does a new ignition lock cylinder include new keys?
ANSWER : The new lock cylinder does come with new keys but you would have to use the original key to open the doors or have all of the lock cylinders on the doors and trunk match the new ignition lock cylinder. In this case, you are better off having a dealer or lock smith cut out an identical ignition lock cylinder to match the original key so that you will not have to replace everything.

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2000 escalade will not lock with the key in the ignition, it only chimes and doesn’t engage lock.
ANSWER : Hi there. If the driver door is not locking with the door ajar and the key in the ignition, that is normal. If all of the doors are not engaging the locks with the key in the ignition and the engine off, that also is normal. If the engine is running and the transmission is in park, then the doors should lock and unlock, but auto lock when putting the vehicle in drive (if your vehicle has that function). Try this:

Remove the key from the ignition
Take the battery cable off the battery and put it back on
Take the key and put it into the driver door
Turn the key once to unlock the driver door
Turn the key again and the other doors should lock
Unlock the driver door and open the door
Put the key in the ignition and turn it to ’ON’
Hold down on the lock button to lock all of the doors and turn off the key
Turn on the key to the ’ON’ position and release the door lock button
Hold down on the unlock button to unlock all of the doors and turn of the key
Turn on the key to the ’ON’ position and release the door unlock button

This should program the computer system to unlock and lock the doors by the door lock switches. If this does not seem to work, then there is an issue with the programming in the computer or a failed door lock button on the driver door. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you with your doors not locking if you are unable to get them to lock.

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Key won’t turn after installing new ignition cylinder and ignition lock. Need help polishing things off.
ANSWER : Hi there:

This problem tends to occur when an aftermarket ignition cylinder is used for the replacement project. The inner lock housing sometimes doesn’t always fit flush to OEM steering columns, which can create the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Here are the directions on how to replace an ignition cylinder article, you should check out. The best option is to remove the old one, and start from scratch. Verify that you’re using an OEM replacement cylinder; as aftermarket parts typically cause more hassle than help in this case.

If you need assistance with fixing this issue, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home to diagnose the issue with your key firsthand for an accurate repair.

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Ignition Lock cylinder issue
ANSWER : The attempted theft may have caused damaged to the housing behind the steering wheel. The spring loaded action comes from inside the housing and not the lock cylinder so I have a feeling you will either have to replace the housing or the entire steering column. Take a good look around for damaged wires that may have caused blown fuses. If you need some help with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to your home to diagnose your ignition system firsthand and help you make the necessary repairs.

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The car wont start because the ignition lock is jammed, can i fix it without buying a new ignition lock or repair kit?
ANSWER : If the ignition key will not turn, try a different key if you have one to see if the original key is worn. If you do not have another key then I suggest getting another lock. You could also try getting some help from an auto locksmith who can make another key for you. If you need some help with this, feel free to contact a certified professional who can properly diagnose the issue with your ignition system. Good luck.

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How can i fix my locked ignition cylinder
ANSWER : If the key won’t turn in the lock cylinder, it is a mechanical issue. If this happened to me, I would be removing the steering column covers again to see what is physically keeping the lock cylinder from turning. As I am sure you are aware, your steering column is a complicated device with many small things that can go wrong.

Sometimes, if your steering wheel is cranked to one direction, the force of the front wheel will push against the steering wheel locking pawl making it difficult to turn the key. If this is the case, simply turn the wheel in the direction you can to take this pressure off of the pawl. Attempt to turn the key at the same time. Outside of this problem, the key could be an issue if you are using the old one. If you have a new key, try removing it a flipping it over. This is often effective with old keys but rarely necessary with new ones.

If you should still need help, I recommend getting some assistance from one of our mobile experts who can diagnose the issue with your key for an accurate repair.

Good luck!

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Front Passenger Lock sometimes does not lock with a remote control or by locking button located on either doors.
ANSWER : The solenoid is on the door latch and is most likely the cause of the problem for your 2005 Toyota Tacoma. If you want to have this inspected and repaired, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your door lock and perform the correct replacement.

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The housing that holds the ignition lock cylinder in place is busted since it is connected to the stereo column I can’t purchase j
ANSWER : Hello. If the ignition lock cylinder housing that is mounted on the steering column itself is broken, then yes – you will have to purchase a new steering column, as that component is fabricated on the steering column and is not removable. Whether or not a replacement steering column comes with a new ignition lock cylinder, will depend on which package you order and who you order it from. I can’t tell you for certain what you need to purchase as we are not there to physically inspect your car. I would strongly recommend watching this video (click the blue link) on replacing the ignition lock cylinder on a Dodge Intrepid (which is virtually identical to the Stratus’ procedures as well) to see how the job is done and what individual components comprise the entire steering column. If you need assistance on correctly diagnosing what is actually broken and needs to be replaced, you can set up an appointment to have one of our mobile mechanics come to your location and complete a ignition switch inspection.

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