Key stuck in the ignition


Key stuck in the ignition? Here is what to do.

If you are a driver and once had your car keys stuck in the ignition, you know how stressful the situation is. It is even more stressful if you are in hurry, you cannot just leave your car there because of the high risk that someone will steal it. There are a few things you can do however, before you truly get worried about your situation.

Tips on removing car keys stuck in ignition

Check the position. Before anything else you should find out if your key is in the “off position”. You will make things worse if you turn the key much far. This can be told if you can still play your radio but the car is off and cannot remove the keys. Also find out if the car is in park, automatic cars will never allow you remove the keys if the car is any other position than the park.

Jiggle the wheel. The second step is trying to gently move your car wheel back and forth as you try to remove the key. Sometimes the wheel turn off the ignition, so turning it may help you remove the keys.

Check the battery. If the battery is dead, it may lead to the key getting stuck in the ignition. This however depends on the type of the car. If this happens to be the case, do not try to remove the key unless the battery is partially charged.

Use a bobby pin. If all the above options have failed you, you can now get creative with household items. Pulling out the key using a pliers might work at times but never try to overturn it side by side as it will lead to breaking it hence more problems. If you might have a bobby pin in your car or something similar, take off the small cap that is covering the access port to the ignition lock override, then press it lightly using the pin.

Try to loosen it. Using things like silicon spray or electrical lube loosen the key this maybe the solution to getting your key out. While doing this be very careful that the key does not break in the ignition.

If all the above tricks have not worked, then I have one more solution that will never fail you.

Call Emergency Locksmiths

After trying all the above, there is still hope left for you getting the key out, make a call to an emergency locksmith. Attempting to get your car key out by the above methods is not secure, you are risking damaging or breaking the car key. A locksmith will never fail you and their services are way safe for you. Locksmiths use their knowledge, expertise and tools to quickly remove the keys out of ignition. Another benefit of locksmiths is that they will tell you why the key got stuck in the first place and give you tips to avoid a repeat of the same in future.

Some other locksmith services offered by emergency locksmiths

Emergency locksmiths are available twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year. They are entirely available and mobile such that they come to your aid anytime of the day or night you need them. Services offered include:

Getting locked out of your car. This is one of the biggest inconveniences that can occur to you. In some situations, the cases are more dangerous than others. Getting locked out as the car is running is a big case as well as getting locked out with a pet or child inside. At this point you do not need to get confused but pick up your phone and call an emergency locksmith. They will come ready with all tools and expertise to deal with your situation.

If you have had your home burgled, a locksmith may also be needed especially if the door lock has been damaged. You do not have to wait until the next day to have your door lock replaced as emergency locksmiths come to your help 24 hours a day.

Benefits of hiring an emergency locksmith.

Are trained to recognize all types of locks and are able to repair them this includes keyless entry systems and standard key systems.

They are able to get in your house or car in non-destructive means. They will not damage windows or doors.

They are available all time any day you need them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.


An emergency locksmith is the only quick and reliable solution to any of our key issues. So anytime our key fails, gets stuck on ignition or on the door or we need locks changed a call to an emergency locksmith is the best solution.

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Mario Fernandez Is a car enthusiast, internet marketer, and an expert in all things related to car keys. On his free time, he likes to read, study and play soccer.