We continue our series of articles on what can get stuck on your car. After discovering why your fuel flap or hood could get stuck, today we’ll take a look at why the key is stuck in your Ford Transit ignition . Particularly frustrating, having a stuck ignition cylinder will prevent you from starting and consequently from using your car. We will therefore do everything we can to help you resolve this problem as quickly as possible. To achieve this, first, we will describe to you what the ignition of your motor vehicle is used for, then in a second time, why the ignition barrel of your Ford Transit is stuck? And, finally, how to unblock the key stuck in your Ford Transit ignition.


What’s the aim of my Ford Transit’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your Ford Transit is a security feature. Its purpose is to protect your car from theft attempts. It is installed on the steering column of your car, developed in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its purpose is to prevent your Ford Transit from starting by blocking the steering and the steering lock if it does not recognize your car key. It is closely connected to the starter switch which will integrate 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 generally refer 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 Ford Transit ignition?

Now it’s time to describe to you why the key is stuck in your Ford Transit ignition cylinder . Now that we’ve defined what the ignition is, it’s time to find out why it’s stuck. If it is the steering wheel of your Ford Transit that is blocked, do not hesitate to have a look at our content page on this subject matter. A neiman is not a wearing part that you change frequently but time has an influence on it and it can happen that you have to change it due to normal wear and tear. Here are the different explanations of a ignition that locks on Ford Transit :

  • Normal wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your Ford Transit : As we stated over, over time, the components of the neiman can become seized up, or become packed with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from working correctly. In such a case, you should feel issue inserting and turning the key before it locks completely.
  • An element of the ignition of your Ford Transit that fails: In the same logic, an element of the neiman can fail. As we described in introduction, when we mention the neiman we tend to include, the cylinder, the lock and the starter switch, if one of these parts is defective, the neiman will not let the key turn in the cylinder of the lock
  • Someone forced too much on the ignition barrel of your Ford Transit: At last, last possibility, and it’s more or less obvious, if someone forced too much on the neiman in unlocking the steering wheel of your car before, he may have twisted internal components and thus broken the neiman of it.

How do I unlock the key stuck in my Ford Transit ignition barrel?

We now proceed to the solutions available to you for dealing with a key stuck in your Ford Transit ignition . Depending to the source of your problem the solutions will not be the same, locate 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 softly with a mallet to straighten your key, if you can’t do it, use the duplicate of your key.
  • Ignition cylinder If the neiman of your Ford Transit is clogged due to impurities : Use a WD40 type degreaser and let it work for a short while, it should unblock the neiman of your Ford Transit.
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  • If your key is stuck in your ignition due to a defective element: If finally it is due to an internal element that your ignition lock is no longer unblocked you will unfortunately have to change 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 Ford Transit.


In the event that you have any further questions about the Ford Transit, do not hesitate to consult our Ford Transit category.