We continue our series of articles on what can get stuck on your car. After seeing why your fuel flap or hood could get stuck, today we’ll take a look at why the key is stuck in your Mazda 3 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 soon as possible. To achieve this, first, we will describe to you what the ignition of your car is used for, then in a second time, why the ignition barrel of your Mazda 3 is stuck? And, to conclude, how to unblock the key stuck in your Mazda 3 ignition.


What’s the purpose of my Mazda 3’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your Mazda 3 is a security part. Its aim is to secure your car from theft attempts. It is placed on the steering column of your car, developed in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its aim is to prevent your Mazda 3 from starting by blocking the steering and the steering lock if it does not recognize your car key. It is closely related 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 speak about blocked neiman we often 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 Mazda 3 ignition?

Now it’s time to describe to you why the key is stuck in your Mazda 3 ignition cylinder . Now that we’ve detailed what the ignition is, it’s time to identify why it’s stuck. If it is the steering wheel of your Mazda 3 that is blocked, do not think twice to seek advice from 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 appear that you have to replace it due to normal wear and tear. In this article are the different explanations of a ignition that locks on Mazda 3 :

  • Normal wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your Mazda 3 : As we stated above, over time, the components of the neiman can become seized up, or become loaded with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from functioning correctly. In this case, you should experience difficulty inserting and turning the key before it locks completely.
  • A component of the ignition of your Mazda 3 that breaks down: In the same logic, an element of the neiman can fail. As we described in introduction, when we mention the neiman we often 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 Mazda 3: Finally, last possibility, and it’s more or less rational, 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 Mazda 3 ignition barrel?

We now proceed to the solutions available to you for fixing a key stuck in your Mazda 3 ignition . According to the origin 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 obvious 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 Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3.
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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 unfortunately have to replace the whole block (electronic switch, lock cylinder, neiman), we recommend you to go to a specialist who will also have to give you a new key to begin your Mazda 3.


Whenever you have any further questions about the Mazda 3, do not hesitate to consult our Mazda 3 category.