My key will not go into the ignition. When i look into the hole something is blocking it. Is there a cheap fix?

My key will not go into the ignition. It can only go about a inch in because something is blocking it. The steering wheel is locked as well.

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
The ignition lock tumblers have fallen down and blocked the key. You can try and get a small thin pick or similar device and try and push the tumbler back up in place and put the key in. If you cannot get it pushed up then the lock cylinder will need replaced. If you want to have this looked at before making the replacement, a mobile technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the ignition to see what should be done.

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The most common reasons a Volkswagen Jetta key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key.
The ignition lock tumblers have fallen down and blocked the key. You can try and get a small thin pick or similar device and try and push the tumbler back up in place and put the key in. If you cannot get it pushed up then the lock cylinder will need replaced.
The ignition might be blocked by dirt. Sliding the key in and out can remove the debris stuck in the key port. The ignition cylinder is quite narrow and whatever blockage inside might not be easily removed. The key can just find a way in between, but please only push the key in and pull out gently, continually.
Dead Battery

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.

Press and hold either the lock or unlock button for one second. The vehicle should remain locked. Using the master key, unlock and relock your Volkswagen. Your key fob should reset itself.
Bad starter motor: If you hear a single click when you turn the key, but the engine won`t start, that could mean there`s a problem with the electrical system. The starter motor is responsible for physically turning the engine over and getting the engine to fire. If this is the issue, you`ll need a new one installed.
Definitions of ignition lock. a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key. synonyms: lock.
Car key sensor is not working: If the key is not working at all, it may be due to the drained battery, faulty fob, low car battery, or faulty keyless entry system (if applicable). You can try replacing the fob batteries, diagnosing the fob or towing the vehicle to a service centre to fix the issue.
Bad Sensors

One common culprit for this problem is the crankshaft position sensor, which measures the position and speed of the crankshaft. The computer uses the information from this sensor to know when to fire the spark plugs. If the sensor isn`t working, the spark plugs won`t fire, keeping the engine from starting.

One of the most common reasons a car won`t start is a problem with the battery. In many cases, the battery isn`t supplying enough power to the starter system. The engine may crank slowly but not start. Often the lights on the dashboard won`t light up.
Try gently turning the steering wheel from right to left, while simultaneously turning the key carefully in the ignition. If this fails, try rocking the wheel instead, all while wiggling the key gently.
One of the most common reasons a car won`t start is a problem with the battery. In many cases, the battery isn`t supplying enough power to the starter system. The engine may crank slowly but not start. Often the lights on the dashboard won`t light up.

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My key will not go into the ignition. When i look into the hole something is blocking it. Is there a cheap fix?
ANSWER : The ignition lock tumblers have fallen down and blocked the key. You can try and get a small thin pick or similar device and try and push the tumbler back up in place and put the key in. If you cannot get it pushed up then the lock cylinder will need replaced. If you want to have this looked at before making the replacement, a mobile technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the ignition to see what should be done.

Put key in ignition. Lights and everything come on for a second, then went off as I turned the key. Now no power, key stuck
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!

Car worked fine last night. Key won’t turn in ignition this morning. Black looking liquid on key when taken out. Chimes sometimes.
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.

Replacing an ignition lock cylinder with no keys?
ANSWER : Hi there. Typically trying to get a key made to fit an ignition lock cylinder is next to impossible. The best advice we’d suggest is to replace your ignition lock cylinder; and make multiple copies of the keys (just in case this happens again).

If I replace the ignition switch, can I use my existing BMW Keys with remote and valet key?
ANSWER : Yes, you can. The ignition switch is separate from the EWS system, so replacing the switch will still allow you to use the current keys you already have. Only if you have to replace a faulty key or EWS module will you have to possibly order all new keys.

One other possibility is there is an EWS issue where the key is not being properly identified not allowing the starting sequence. This would mean ordering an EWS module or keys from the dealer. Try out all keys you have to see if any will commence in the starting sequence. If none of the keys will start the vehicle, faults should be checked to ensure there are no EWS key identification faults. If no faults are present, then most likely the ignition switch is faulty. If there are key identification faults, then it’s either a key, module, or receiver that is the issue. You may want to consult with a mechanic who has the equipment to read out the Powertrain and EWS fault memories before replacing parts.

How to replace an ignition cylinder? do I also have to replace ignition switch? cause key has a chip that’s specific my dodge.
ANSWER : In some cases i have seen the outer ignition housing okay and just the key lock cylinder damaged. In others they damage the housing and ignition lock cylinder. In either case you cannot use your key; it will be a problem since the chip is programmed to your vehicle and will require programming. You may have to replace the entire housing on the column and have the new ignition key reprogrammed to start the car.

Before you purchase any parts, have it inspected to see the damaged parts so you get what is needed. You will need a qualified mechanic to install parts and program the key with a factory scanner. This may mean the dealer will have to do the programming of the new key or a specialized locksmith.

key unlocks doors and trunk but ignition is locked key will not turn ignition, i think maybe key is worn out?
ANSWER : There are several possibilities. The key could be worn (try a spare key), the lock cylinder could be worn or broken, in which case no matter what key you try it might not work and/or there could be an issue with the shift interlock. The ignition "switch" is an electro-mechanical device so if you simply request an electric component inspection – ignition switch the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

2012 kia forte key alert keeps going even after reming key, parking lights stay on if in auto mode,key flob will not work all star
ANSWER : Hello. Unfortunately ignition cylinder failures are a fairly common occurrence on your particular vehicle. Usually the ignition cylinder itself will be at fault but at times you have to replace the unit which holds the cylinder known as ignition switch. A technician such as those which apply here at YourMechanic will be able to test your ignition switch and lock cylinder for you to let you which one is at fault. The ignition lock cylinder may simply be seized up, you can try to spray a little bit of WD-40 inside of the keyhole to see if that helps the situation.