When your steering wheel becomes locked, or when your key won’t turn in the ignition, it causes a lot of stress, especially if you need to get someplace in a hurry. This problem is common with Honda and Acura vehicles, and this post will give you some insight into how you can troubleshoot it.
If your key won’t turn in the ignition lock cylinder of your Honda or Acura, you have one of these four common issues:
1. The Steering Might Be Locked
First establish whether your steering wheel is locked. If it is locked, you should call your Toronto locksmith to unlock it for you.
If the steering wheel is not locked, but the key still won’t turn, be sure not to touch the steering wheel, as you may have one of the issues below.
2. A Dirty Ignition Lock Cylinder
When you keep your keys in your pocket, it picks up lint and other debris. We all use our keys to open packages, and small piece s of tape sticks to it. Ignitions are fragile, so when dirt and debris enters the lock cylinder, it may cause it not to turn.
The best way to troubleshoot a dirty ignition cylinder, is to spray an electrical cleaning in the opening and ever so gently sliding the key into and out of the ignition cylinder several times.
WARNING: This method should not be used on any vehicle that uses high security keys. Also, try turn the key with normal turning pressure. It should never be forced into the ignition and it should never be forced to turn.
3. Key Problems
If your key is bent, worn or damaged, it will have difficulty entering and turning in the ignition. To troubleshoot it, follow these steps:
➔ Pull the key back out ever so slightly.
➔ Wiggle the key gently while trying to turn it.
If this method works, your key may be worn or damaged, or it is possible that your ignition is starting to fail, in which case you need to get hold of an automotive locksmith right away. The locksmith must have Honda and Acura codes in order to cut you a code key, which, unlike a duplicate, is a key that is recreated to the original depth an spacing of the car’s original key.
If neither of these options solves your problem, you will need to have your ignition lock cylinder replaced.
4. Ignition Lock Cylinder Problems
If your ignition lock cylinder is failed, worn, or damaged, you will need to have it replaced. This is a common occurrence and can be fixed by any professional automotive locksmith.
When you have Honda and Acura car key and ignition problems, it is important to have it seen to by a professional automotive locksmith who has the codes to provide you with the services required. Call us at 416 279-0720 24/7 for all your Honda and Acura car key and ignition problems, as well as roadside assistance.