Possible ignition cylinder problem

How do I know if the ignition cylinder needs to be replaced?
Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Hello. If the key is difficult or impossible to turn, the ignition cylinder and/or key are likely the problem. A trained mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can replace your ignition cylinder for you.

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The most common reasons a Ford Escape key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
The total ignition switch replacement cost can fall between $130-$480. The replacement cost includes both spare parts and ignition switch repair labor costs. The labor costs can be anywhere between $60-$180, and the parts can cost around $70-$300.
The most common reasons a Ford Escape won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
If the car cranks when you turn the key, but the engine won`t start, it could be because fuel isn`t getting to the engine. One potential reason for this could be dirty fuel injectors. Over time, the fuel injector nozzles can become clogged with rust, corrosion or debris.
The most common reason cars don`t start is a dead or faulty battery. Even though most cars run on gasoline, they all require electrical power to function. The starter that cranks your engine to start requires an electrical signal to fire. If something`s wrong with your battery, your car engine won`t turn over.
Problems with the 2008 Escape are extremely serious and include transmission failures, worn out power steering systems, and dead engines. Transmission failures are the most common complaint showing up at around 90,000 miles. If the transmission fails the only solution is replacing the entire assembly for around $3,500.
Car suddenly stalls while operating: One of the most common symptoms of a failed ignition relay is a car that suddenly stalls while operating. If the ignition relay shorts, burns out, or otherwise fails while the engine is operating it will cut off power to the fuel pump and ignition system.
If you can turn the key but the lock isn`t turning it is probably because there is an issue with the lock`s mechanism system. In cases like these, the lock may need to be removed or replaced. There could also be a misalignment issue or trouble with your lock cylinder.

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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.

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.

installed ignition lock cylinder on a 2000 Toyota 4runner. tried to crank it and it would start, immediately turns off. problem?
ANSWER : Hello. If the key is not just turning and not catching then it may not be aligned with the ignition switch. If it is not aligned or if the ignition switch has failed then this will occur. Most of the time it is due to the ignition switch being broken internally so it needs to be removed and inspected for binding or internal looseness. If you need some help with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [diagnose what is keeping the vehicle from starting] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-not-starting-inspection

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.

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!

Misfire, but ignition coil is good so what could be causing this? 2004 Dodge RAM 1500
ANSWER : Hi there – there are several possibilities for your misfiring engine: the new coil is bad as well (moving the coil seems to have moved the problem?), oil or debris in the spark plug recess that is causing shorting between the plug and block, or an incompatibility between the plugs and the engine combustion chamber. (Some engines don’t tolerate multi-electrode designs and misfire.) I would recommend a misfire inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Possible ignition cylinder problem
ANSWER : Hello. If the key is difficult or impossible to turn, the ignition cylinder and/or key are likely the problem. A trained mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can replace your ignition cylinder for you.

How do i get the ignition cylinder back in the steering column?
ANSWER : When you went to put in the lock all you had to do was turn the lock cylinder to the key on position, then the pin would push in and slide it into the column. Once that is done, you turn the key back to lock it in.

You may have over extended the lock cylinder and bent some key tumblers. If so, you may have to replace the lock you just bought if you cannot get it to turn back and forth. The inside column piece should be in ignition "On" position in order to line up with the new lock cylinder. You can put in a screw driver and move it to the needed position. Call a mechanic or locksmith if you still have issues.

Feel free to contact a certified mechanic if you need some assistance with this. They can help you replace your ignition lock cylinder and ensure that everything is in working order.