Can a Locksmith Fix my Ignition?

Let's face it, no one likes to be stranded in their car with a key in the ignition that won't turn. It's even worse when you have somewhere to be. If you find that you're just in your own driveway, there is a technique that you can try for yourself before calling a Boulder Locksmith.

First, you'll need to have two items on hand. The first item is a product called Tri-Flow lubricant. This lubricant is what Locksmiths use. You may have WD40 on hand which can work in a pinch. Just be forewarned that this product can collect on surfaces attracting dust and larger particles which will gum up your ignition lock system in the long term. We highly recommend Tri-Flow lubricant that is meant for situations such as this.

The other item you'll need is a firm, wide-handled tool that has a rubber coating. Think rubber-handled screwdriver for example. It has to be fairly wide so that you are able to bump the key with precision and accuracy. Thinner items tend to be more difficult to make contact with the key. Since you have to bump the key with this tool, we do not recommend you use something with a metal surface. Metal surfaces can cause unattractive scratches, damage and may even break your car key if too much pressure is applied. If you do not have a rubber-handled tool, take a rag and cover the surface you will be using for bumping.

Now, you'll need to spray a small amount of lubricant into the ignition, then wipe away any excess drips. You will then insert your car key part way, making sure that the key is pointed directly into the ignition. No slanting, balancing, or crooked placement. Then, you'll use your rubber-handled tool to "bump" the key into the ignition. The gentle and sudden force will often serve as enough pressure to jostle the ignition parts back into action. Now, turn the key and see if you have been successful! Give it a few tries, we like to try three times since it is a charm. Good luck!

If you still are not able to get the ignition to turn, please call a Boulder Locksmith to assist. They have more tools to use and more techniques to try.

Also, if your ignition doesn't turn, that is an indicator that you need to repair or replace some parts. The last thing you want is for your car to stop running while you are travelling 60 miles per hour down the road due to a faulty ignition. As with any other part of your car, the ignition suffers wear and tear and sometimes needs replacing or repar.