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Old 11th January 2020, 19:14   #1
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Question Ignition key problem - very, very odd

None of my four keys will go into the ignition. They'll all open the driver's door and the boot but they won't go into the ignition.

This is seriously weird because I put one of them in the ignition on Tuesday and everything was normal (apart from a completely flat battery).

It's almost as if someone has deliberately jammed something in there (e.g. a nail!) but I can't see anything amiss.

The steering wheel turns freely so the ignition lock is off. Door locks all seem to be working normally from the remote but then they would anyway.

I've never seen anything like this before. No1 suspect must be the barrel but I can't see why it would suddenly go on the blink on its own.
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Old 11th January 2020, 20:08   #2
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Theoretically if the key is out of the lock the steering wheel should be locked or should engage if you turn it. It sounds as though something in the barrel has broken or jammed.
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Old 11th January 2020, 20:34   #3
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i would tend to agree with rover p480 as soon as i take my keys out of the ignition and turn the steering wheel it locks so i would suggest the same.. something has broken or come loose inside the lock or has one of your keys got any slight bits of metal missing rgds mark
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Try some pencil graphite on the key and see if it will go in also, turn the steering lock as far as you can so it's in the lock position this can sometime also help the key locate properly.
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Shot in the dark remote diagnosis suggestion.

Check your four keys to see if a small piece has broken off from one of them and left in the barrel.

It appears it will not lock with key removed. Have I read you correctly.
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If you mean they physically will not enter the lock at all then it is the small cover that blanks the key hole off when you remove the key that has stuck.

Edit: see later in thread, what appears to be dust cover is in fact steering lock mechanism
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i would tend to agree with rover p480 as soon as i take my keys out of the ignition and turn the steering wheel it locks so i would suggest the same.. something has broken or come loose inside the lock or has one of your keys got any slight bits of metal missing rgds mark
To double check the above shine a torch into the key section let us know what you can see, anything like this below.

The barrel can be removed by using a sturdy paper clip, once you can get the key in to work if you wanted to remove it that is, turn ignition to I then insert clip barrel should come out.
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To double check the above shine a torch into the key section let us know what you can see, anything like this below.

The barrel can be removed by using a sturdy paper clip, once you can get the key in to work if you wanted to remove it that is, turn ignition to I then insert clip barrel should come out.
WOW! Never knew that. Come in handy if I ever need to renew a steering column for whatever reason and need to keep the same keys.
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WOW! Never knew that. Come in handy if I ever need to renew a steering column for whatever reason and need to keep the same keys.
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The key as to be inserted though to position I also the clip need to bent on the end by about 10degree an hair clip would be better I think as it is a little thicker and sturdier.

Once inserted you need to turn the clip clockwise a little this then holds down the locking tag which is chaffered so it inserts easy, but the flat side holds in the barrel once it as been inserted into the ignition column.
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Try wriggling the wheel when putting the key in.
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