Steering lock malfunction and key wont turn in ignition.

my battery was drained I charged it and my fuses are still good. I disconnected the column integration module but my key is stuck in the ignition on lock and my car says steering lock malfunction and the steerin wheel turns

My car has 128000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Your key could be stuck for several reasons. Since the steering wheel moves, it’s not the steering lock.

The first thing to attempt, is to use an electrical cleaner or air duster to remove any debris that may be stuck in the ignition cylinder. If dirt or debris is stuck inside the cylinder, with all its intricate moving parts, the key may become lodged inside and won’t turn or pull free. Worst case scenario you will need to replace the entire ignition cylinder.

If you need assistance with this, consider YourMechanic to get the job done. One of our mobile technicians can come to your home to diagnose the issue with your key and help you make the necessary repairs.

How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?

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The most common reasons a Saab 9-3 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.
If your Saab 9-5`s key won`t turn, check to see if the transmission is in Park. Many models will prevent the key from turning if the car isn`t in park when turned off. Make sure your car`s parking brake is enabled before you do anything else.
All you need to do is turn off your engine, then restart it so the light can reset. In most cases, it should come back on, and this only indicates that it may have thought it suspected a problem due to a mistake in the computer system.
The CIM (Column Integration Module) is located inside the steering wheel. It is the security centre and controls the central locking, ignition, immobilisation, steering lock etc.
A diagram of the fuse panel where the fuse is located will be found in your owner`s manual; the fuse you are looking for should be labeled “steering lock.” If you would like help, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering lock issue and make the necessary repairs.
If your steering wheel locks up while the car is in motion, perhaps the most likely culprit is a lack of power steering fluid, or dirty power steering fluid. Especially at lower speeds like parking lot maneuvers, the power steering system allows you to turn the wheels with ease.
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.
The light warns you that the power steering system has failed and prompts you to investigate for a cause. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car. In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem.
Electronic failure is when the electrical systems keeping the power steering running stop functioning. This type of failure can be caused by a fuse issue, so you can easily check the fuse box to see if one of the fuses needs replacing.
M-type fuse.
P0638 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for “Throttle Actuator Control Range/Performance (Bank 1)“. This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation.
Possible culprits could include a loose, worn, or damaged power steering belt, low power steering fluid levels, or issues with the steering gear. If there`s an issue with the power steering belt, a quick replacement can be the solution.
Possible culprits could include a loose, worn, or damaged power steering belt, low power steering fluid levels, or issues with the steering gear. If there`s an issue with the power steering belt, a quick replacement can be the solution.
A diagram of the fuse panel where the fuse is located will be found in your owner`s manual; the fuse you are looking for should be labeled “steering lock.” If you would like help, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering lock issue and make the necessary repairs.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

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.

Ignition won’t turn, steering wheel lock not engaged.
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to provide my insight. It is possible the ignition mechanism is broken inside the steering column. I suggest trying to turn over your car with a spare key, to see if the ignition turns with the different key. If you do not have an extra key, then look at the key you have to see if it shows signs of wear. If it is, then have a copy made to see if that works.

If you would like help looking at your ignition system, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

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.

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!

steering wheel turned to the far right and locked in place while the wheel are straight. and I can’t turn the key.
ANSWER : Hi there. From the description you have provided, concerning your vehicle’s steering wheel is locked far right and key won’t turn with the front wheels in a forward default position, is somewhat confusing to me. It could be, undo pressure is being applied to the steering wheel lock. You could try, physically moving the left front tire side to side in either direction, to relieve the pressure on the steering wheel lock. It could be, the key you are using has a problem, try another key if available. It could be, the ignition lock cylinder is at fault. I recommend having your vehicle’s can’t turn the key be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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.

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.

Steering lock malfunction and key wont turn in ignition.
ANSWER : Your key could be stuck for several reasons. Since the steering wheel moves, it’s not the steering lock.

The first thing to attempt, is to use an electrical cleaner or air duster to remove any debris that may be stuck in the ignition cylinder. If dirt or debris is stuck inside the cylinder, with all its intricate moving parts, the key may become lodged inside and won’t turn or pull free. Worst case scenario you will need to replace the entire ignition cylinder.

If you need assistance with this, consider YourMechanic to get the job done. One of our mobile technicians can come to your home to diagnose the issue with your key and help you make the necessary repairs.