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Why Won't My Car Start?

Have you ever put your key into the ignition, only to realize that nothing is happening? You might turn the key (if you can even get your key into the ignition) only to find that you are going nowhere. You may have no idea exactly what you are going to do.

While the issue may seem very scary, there are some things you can try to fix the issue. In fact, the issue might not be as serious as you think it is. These are some problems your car might be experiencing.

The Steering Wheel Is Locked

Sometimes the steering wheel is locked, and the key will not turn in the ignition if this is happening. All you need to do is turn the steering wheel left or right, whichever side allows you to steer more. While you hold or rock the wheel in this direction, you should be able to turn the key. Try bumping the wheel back and forth as you try the ignition.

The Ignition Is Jammed

It could be that the ignition needs to be lubricated. Like other locks, the ignition can become blocked by dust and grime. You may need to clear the area with a duster or even a moist towel. If nothing happens, you may need to call somebody to come look at your ignition.

The Key Is Broken

It could be that the problem is with your car key. You may need to use a spare to compare the key shape to see if anything has been twisted or broken. You may need to repair the key or get a new one made. If you need to replace the key, you can do this by visiting a hardware store or a locksmith. The car dealership is often a helpful resource too.

The Ignition Cylinder Has a Problem

Unfortunately, the issue could be more serious than you think. If the ignition cylinder is experiencing a problem, it requires a pro to come take a look at it. You may need to have your vehicle towed to a shop. This can be quite a hassle, but a professional can take care of everything for you and ensure that you receive your car back, as good as new.

Not sure what's wrong with your ignition? Call a professional auto repair technician today to see what you can do to fix the issue and get your freedom back.