Today we’re going to focus on a problem that may seem trivial to most of you, but has happened to a lot of motorists! Indeed, we are going to talk about the of a key locked on you car, and what to do if we find ourselves in this situation? Whether it doesn’t want to fit in the cylinder or you can’t turn it anymore, we will try to help you find the origin of this problem and give you the solution. It may seem logical, but when you don’t know all the cars in detail, being faced with a locked key can be disconcerting. Before you think about buying a new key or having it rebuilt, read this guide. In this article, we will first try to explain why the key gets stuck in your cylinder car, and secondly, how to unlock the key from your car.
Why is my key locked in my car?
What could have happened to your car key being blocked in the cylinder of your car? In this section we will try to explain why your key can get stuck. There are several explanations that can cause the key to your car to get locked.
- Some dirt accumulated on it, which may cause the key to get stuck in the cylinder’s sprocket system. It can either prevent it from entering the cylinder cleanly, or it can block it inside the cylinder.
- A broken or damaged key, if your key is cracked, bent or has some of its teeth damaged, it’s bound to have a hard time matching the impression in the barrel of your car.
- A steering wheel locker activated, which will prevent your key from turning and thus start your car.
- Finally, it may be that if you have an automatic you are engaged and that this prevents the key of your car from turning properly in the barrel.
All these reasons can cause an external or internal blocking of the key of your XXX, so remember to check all these aspects to know what problem you are facing.
How to unlock the key of my car
Finally, let’s move on to the practical part that will allow you to unlock the key of your car. Now that you’ve managed to analyze the reason why your key is blocked, we’ll see what solutions are available to you to remedy this problem. We will take up the different problems and give you the corresponding solutions:
- Dirt blocking the key to your car: If you key is stuck in the cylinder, use a wrench remover and move the key (without too much force) in different directions to try to unlock it. If it doesn’t want to go in anymore, make sure to inspect it carefully and clean out any dirt you may find. If you think the dirt is in the cylinder or switch, move the key back and forth to try to get the dirt out.
- The key of my car doesn’t turn anymore and my steering wheel is locked: In this case, it’s your anti-theft system that is activated, you will have to simultaneously turn your steering wheel and your key to unlock it,read this complete tutorial on the steering wheel locked on car to have the complete procedure.
- Broken, damaged or twisted key: This is the most annoying case, if it is only twisted, you can try to straighten it on a flat surface with a sledgehammer, if it is damaged you will unfortunately have to use the duplicate or buy a new copy of the key of your car. If it is damaged and you do not have a duplicate, you will have to get the code “VIN” and go to your dealer to get a copy of your key. Otherwise, last solution, change the cylinder and get a new key.
- Key locked in my automatic XXX: In this case, you’ll only have to go through neutral to unlock your key from the cylinder.