My key ignition won’t turn.

My ignition won't turn. I'm jiggled, WD-40, beat steering column and it won't budge. I recently bought a plain key because the problem might be old worn key. I've ordered a new cylinder but how can I replace it if the key won't turn?

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The issue could be the steering column lock mechanism or the key cylinder, or both. To repair those components, typically there will be partial disassembly of the steering column. That is a sensitive area as the air bag is installed at the head of the column and the air bag must always be deactivated if you are working in that area. If you desire that the lock cylinder and possibly the lock assembly (depending on the damage) be replaced by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, please request ignition cylinder/lock assembly inspection/replacement and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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The most common reasons a Dodge Durango key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key.
Wear and tear may also cause the key to get stuck. Years of abusing your key may cause it not to function properly. If your ignition lock cylinder is about to fail, this may also cause you not to be able to take out your key. Misaligned springs and pins can make it difficult to remove or insert the key.
A simple solution to getting the ignition key to turn may be as easy as checking the gear shift. In automatic cars, the ignition key won`t turn in the lock if it`s not parked or in neutral. Gently move the gear shift from side to side to check its fully in position, before trying to turn the key.
If the ignition lock cylinder won`t turn with the new key you should try spraying WD40 inside the ignition lock cylinder and jiggling the ignition using the newly made key. If the ignition didn`t turn simply by jiggling the new mechanical key then try bumping the ignition lock cylinder.

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ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. This sounds like your battery cable connections are corroded or loose at the battery. Try to see if the battery connections are loose by wiggling them and see if power returns. If power returns, then have the cables removed, cleaned, and reconnected to test the battery. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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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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ANSWER : Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There is a rubbery stick substance that is inside the ignition switch to protect the key as it is inserted. What seems to happen is the ignition switch got hot and melted the rubbery stick substance. The fix to this is replacing the ignition switch for it to got hot and failed. Also, check the wiring to the ignition for any loose or damaged wires. If you need further assistance with the ignition switch, then seek out a technician, such as one from YourMechanic to help resolve this problem for you.

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ANSWER : Hi there. The hissing noise is your fuel pump priming; so this is normal. The ignition issue is sometimes caused by an internal component failure inside the ignition switch. However, it’s possible that the issue could be caused by an ignition relay that is slowly wearing out. I would recommend having a professional mechanic come to your location to complete a car is hard to start inspection; so they can hopefully replicate the symptoms and determine what needs to be repaired.

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ANSWER : Hi there. If the key can go into the ignition switch and turn then the key is the right one. If the switch is not turning all the way, then the switch is damaged and needs replaced with the key unless you can get the factory key switch for your car. If you need further assistance with your key not turning all the way, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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Key turns freely in the ignition but won’t start the vehicle. Accessory power remains on unless the battery is disconnected.
ANSWER : The ignition switch or linkage to the switch is broken. The ignition switch needs to have the small linkage from the back side of the key lock cylinder to turn the switch to start and run the vehicle.

Have the ignition switch removed and inspect the linkage and switch to see if one or both switch and linkage needs replaced. If you need assistance with this, one of our mobile technicians would be happy to come to your location to diagnose the issue with your ignition and make the necessary repairs.

You will need a trained mechanic to work on the steering column of the vehicle with air bags due to the air bag system will need to be deactivated before service on the column switches.

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