What To Do When Your Key Is Stuck In Your Car

What To Do When Your Key Is Stuck In Your Car

Posted on June 30, 2021 by A-1

The key. How can something so small hold so much power? A key can provide access to a sprawling mansion, start a two-ton vehicle or expose the valuable contents of a safe. When keys get stuck in locks, however, that’s when there’s a problem.

Whether it’s the ignition or the door, it’s a fact that keys can sometimes get stuck in your vehicle. Let’s go over why this happens, some steps to take if this ever happens to you and how you can prevent it from happening again in the future.

Common Reasons Keys Get Stuck

First, let’s discuss why this happens. Here are a few of the most common reasons why key get stuck in vehicles:

  • Obstructions like dirt and debris can get in the ignition
  • Colder temperatures can cause a key to freeze to the ignition or door
  • The steering wheel locks because a wrong key was inserted
  • The car battery may die and leave your key stuck or reduce the temperature
  • The key could break off in the ignition or door preventing use of a spare key

What To Do When Your Key Is Stuck

When a key is stuck, you have to decide if this is a situation you can address yourself or if you need to call a professional auto locksmith. If there’s an obstruction, for example, you can attempt cleaning out the ignition yourself. (If it’s an emergency situation and anyone’s life is in danger, be sure to call 911 first!)

Battery issues and troubleshooting steering wheel problems are also potential DIY issues. If the key is broken off in the ignition and you can’t get it out, however, it’s time to call a locksmith. This is probably also the best option if you’re not sure why the key is stuck, or you don’t feel confident in addressing the issue yourself. 

Preventing Keys From Getting Stuck

You can prevent many of the issues above by being a little proactive. Clean the interior of your car (and its ignition) regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris. Keep a duplicate copy of your original key in a safe place and maintain other elements of the car. Finally, make sure you’re using the right key and don’t leave a key in the ignition when there are cold temperatures.

If you’re in need of automotive locksmith services, don’t hesitate to reach out to A-1 Locksmith. Give us a call at (972) 284-7500 or stop by any of our DFW-area locations today.

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