Have you ever been in the strange position of not being able to get your car key out of the ignition once you have turned your car off? This can actually happen quite often and can be very unnerving. Fortunately, there are some things you can try before you call a locksmith. The following are some things you will want to know in case you are ever in this position:
Cause of a Stuck Key
There are a variety of reasons why a key gets stuck in the ignition. The problem could be with the key itself if it is faulty or bent. There could also be some debris on the key that is preventing any contact with the ignition cylinder. The steering lock on the car can also be broken. This is a devices to prevent the wheel from rotating completely. If the steering lock is in a certain position, it can cause the key to get stuck.
How to Release the Key
For keys that are stuck due to the steering lock, you need to put the wheel into its correct position. This will deactivate the lock and allow your key to come out.
If the steering lock is not the problem, you can try some other methods.
The first thing to do is simply jiggle the key. It can often just get stuck and needs a little extra muscle to get it out. Instead of pulling the key as hard as you can, try to maneuver it out by jiggling it as you pull.
Use ice- If you have a cup with some ice sitting in your console cup holder, you can possible remove your key using it. Rub some ice on the head of the key for several minutes. The coldness of the ice will make the metal contract and possibly dislodge the key.
If you have not already done so, go stash some graphite in your glove box. It has many uses, but it can be useful with a stuck key. Drop some graphite into the lock cylinder. Then, carefully jiggle the key until it comes out.
If you are still not able to get the keys out of the ignition, you are going to have to call a locksmith. Always have the phone number of a locksmith, such as one from Clints Lock and Key, with your important vehicle information so that you can find it quickly and be on your way as soon as possible.