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 Mini Mini ignition . Specially frustrating, having a stuck ignition cylinder will prevent you from starting and consequently from utilising your car. We will consequently do everything we can to help you fix this issue as soon as possible. To get this done, first, we will show you to you what the ignition of your motor vehicle is used for, then in a second time, why the ignition barrel of your Mini Mini is stuck? And, to conclude, how to unblock the key stuck in your Mini Mini ignition.


What’s the goal of my Mini Mini’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your Mini Mini is a security feature. Its intent is to secure your car from theft attempts. It is situated on the steering column of your car, invented in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its intent is to prevent your Mini Mini from starting by blocking the steering and the steering lock if it does not identify 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 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 Mini Mini ignition?

Now it’s time to show you to you why the key is stuck in your Mini Mini 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 Mini Mini that is blocked, do not think twice to seek advice from our article on this subject. A neiman is not a wearing component that you replace regularly but time has an influence on it and it can occur that you have to replace it due to regular wear and tear. In this article are the different reasons of a ignition that locks on Mini Mini :

  • Regular wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your Mini Mini : As we explained earlier, over time, the elements of the neiman can become seized up, or become packed with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from functioning properly. In this case, you should feel problems inserting and turning the key before it locks completely.
  • An element of the ignition of your Mini Mini 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 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 Mini Mini: At last, last possibility, 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 Mini Mini ignition barrel?

We now move on to the solutions available to you for fixing a key stuck in your Mini Mini ignition . According to the source of your issue the solutions will not be the same, discover 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 gently 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 Mini Mini is clogged due to impurities : Use a WD40 type degreaser and let it work for a few moments, it should unblock the neiman of your Mini Mini.
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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 replace the whole block (electronic switch, lock cylinder, neiman), we suggest you to go to a expert who will as well have to give you a new key to begin your Mini Mini.


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