We continue our series of web content on what can get stuck on your car. After seeing why your fuel flap or hood could get stuck, today we’ll check out why the key is stuck in your Audi A2 ignition . Especially irritating, having a stuck ignition cylinder will prevent you from starting and therefore from using your car. We will therefore do everything we can to help you solve this problem as quickly as possible. To get this done, first, we will show you to you what the ignition of your car is used for, then in a second time, why the ignition barrel of your Audi A2 is stuck? And, to conclude, how to unblock the key stuck in your Audi A2 ignition.


What’s the intent of my Audi A2’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your Audi A2 is a security component. Its aim is to secure your car from theft attempts. It is situated on the steering column of your car, created in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its aim is to prevent your Audi A2 from starting by blocking the steering and the steering lock if it does not identify your car key. It is closely linked to the starter switch which will incorporate the key lock and an electric switch. There is a tendency to confuse the starter switch and the neiman, and when we talk about blocked neiman we quite often make reference to a key that does not turn or does not turn well in the cylinder of the lock of your car.

Why is the key stuck in your Audi A2 ignition?

Now it’s time to show you to you why the key is stuck in your Audi A2 ignition cylinder . Now that we’ve explained what the ignition is, it’s time to identify why it’s stuck. If it is the steering wheel of your Audi A2 that is blocked, do not hesitate to have a look at our content page on this subject. A neiman is not a wearing part that you replace regularly but time has an influence on it and it can happen that you have to replace it due to regular wear and tear. Here are the different explanations of a ignition that locks on Audi A2 :

  • Normal wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your Audi A2 : As we explained earlier, with time, the elements of the neiman can become seized up, or become loaded with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from functioning properly. In this case, you should experience complications inserting and turning the key before it locks totally.
  • An element of the ignition of your Audi A2 that breaks down: In the same logic, an element of the neiman can fail. As we revealed in introduction, when we speak about the neiman we tend to include, the cylinder, the lock and the starter switch, if one of these parts is faulty, the neiman will not let the key turn in the cylinder of the lock
  • Someone forced too much on the ignition barrel of your Audi A2: At last, last opportunity, and it’s more or less logical, if someone forced too much on the neiman in unlocking the steering wheel of your car before, he may have twisted internal elements and thus broken the neiman of it.

How do I unlock the key stuck in my Audi A2 ignition barrel?

We now move on to the solutions available to you for solving a key stuck in your Audi A2 ignition . According to the source of your problem the solutions will not be similar, find them below:

  • Ignition barrel blocked due to a twisted key: If your key is twisted, it is logical that your neiman will not unblock. Try carefully with a mallet to straighten your key, if you can’t do it, use the copy of your key.
  • Ignition cylinder If the neiman of your Audi A2 is clogged due to impurities : Use a WD40 type degreaser and let it work for a couple of minutes, it should unblock the neiman of your Audi A2.
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  • If your key is stuck in your ignition due to a faulty element: If finally it is due to an internal element that your ignition lock is no longer unblocked you will sadly have to replace the whole block (electronic switch, lock cylinder, neiman), we suggest you to go to a professional who will as well have to give you a new key to start your Audi A2.


If you need more tutorials on the Audi A2, go to our Audi A2 category.