We continue our series of content articles on what can get stuck on your car. After seeing why your fuel flap or hood could get stuck, in this article we’ll take a look at why the key is stuck in your Scion tC 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 achieve this, 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 Scion tC is stuck? And, finally, how to unblock the key stuck in your Scion tC ignition.


What’s the aim of my Scion tC’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your Scion tC is a secureness part. Its goal is to secure your car from theft attempts. It is placed on the steering column of your car, created in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its goal is to prevent your Scion tC 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 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 Scion tC ignition?

Now it’s time to show you to you why the key is stuck in your Scion tC 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 Scion tC that is blocked, do not hesitate to consult our article on this subject matter. A neiman is not a wearing part that you replace repeatedly but time has an influence on it and it can happen that you have to replace it as a result of regular wear and tear. On this website are the different reasons of a ignition that locks on Scion tC :

  • Normal wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your Scion tC : As we explained earlier, with time, the components of the neiman can become seized up, or become filled with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from working effectively. In this case, you should experience difficulty inserting and turning the key before it locks entirely.
  • An element of the ignition of your Scion tC that breaks down: In the same logic, an element of the neiman can fail. As we explained in introduction, when we speak about 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 Scion tC: Finally, 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 damaged the neiman of it.

How do I unlock the key stuck in my Scion tC ignition barrel?

We now proceed to the solutions available to you for dealing with a key stuck in your Scion tC ignition . Depending to the source of your issue the solutions will not be the same, find them below:

  • Ignition barrel blocked as a result of 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 copy of your key.
  • Ignition cylinder If the neiman of your Scion tC is clogged as a result of impurities : Use a WD40 type degreaser and let it work for a couple of minutes, it should unblock the neiman of your Scion tC.
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  • If your key is stuck in your ignition as a result of a faulty element: If finally it is as a result of 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 professional who will as well have to give you a new key to start your Scion tC.


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