It is a nice morning and you are head starting for your daily commute, but your car suddenly doesn’t respond. You try keying your car repeatedly, but to no avail. You are getting late, you are getting frustrated and impatient. But that won’t help you anyway. Here’s what will help you in such situations. These are some blissful tips we collected from the expert team who serve at the Petaluma Hyundai dealership, that we felt need to reach as many car owners as possible.
No Force Strategy
The anger and impatience that gets ignited within us, when they key fails to ignite the car, is applying our brute force. But unless you want another set of keys replacing this one, and make this impaired for life, try to hold yourself back. Keys are never meant to be used like the hammers. Forcing a key to turn and do its job will damage the ignition process by locking the cylinder and even the key can suffer a structural damage.
Check the Steering Wheel
Steering wheels do get locked at times in some cars. This is not a malfunctioning of the steering wheel, but a safety feature installed by the manufacturer to prevent the vehicle from start moving voluntarily even when it has not been ignited through the key by someone.
Though you might not have intended to lock your steering wheel last time you parked your car, but it can initiate the process of locking even with a little bit of force while turning off the vehicle. Or it can simply stop moving and get locked up, if you have by chance turned the steering wheel too hard in any of the directions.
The ignition key will not work if the steering wheel is locked. To make both work in tune with each other, all you have to do is releasing the lock of the steering wheel. To do this you need to apply some more bit of pressure in the direction where it is moving a bit and turn the ignition key at the same time. You can get the feeling of the wheel unlocking, and your key will start turning again.
Malfunctioning Ignition Lock Cylinder
The ignition in your car works through an ignition lock cylinder that starts working as you insert and move the key. This cylinder too can wear out over a period of time or can get jammed. To know if this is the case, try to observe if anything is obstructing the key from getting inserted fully inside. And if it feels rightly touched and fitted to the key hole.
If you find any, try a can of compressed air or vacuum cleaner to suck it out. If still it doesn’t allow to insert the key and turn it the usual way, it might be time for replacing it.
Check the key structure of your car. See if it is scratched or bent anywhere. If you find any such deformities, you have already found the culprit. So, a replaced or repaired key can solve the issue. The same expert team of Petaluma Hyundai dealership suggested to take a professional help if nothing of these could sort out the issue.