Ignition won't turn, can't get car out of gear (manual)
I can insert the key but can not turn the ignition and can not take the manaul transmission out of reverse. Also, the bell keeps beeping when I open the door even though the key is removed and nothing is on.
Re: ignition won't turn, can't get car out of gear...
Try spraying a small amount of lubricant into the ignition cylinder then putting the key in and giving it a little jiggle. Also make sure the key is not bent at all before putting in ignition. The only real fix is to replace the cylinder but often times they are usable long after they start to stick.
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What year is it ? Does yours have floor mounted gear shifter on the console ?
Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator
If the vehicle is equipped with a floor mounted console gear shifter, it has a ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator's purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of a ignition lock cylinder control actuator , and a Park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission (A/T) shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded out to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the Lock position when vehicle transmission is not in the Park position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the Park position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the Lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
What make vehicle ? Most all vehicles have a safety system .Don't try an force anything you'll break it ! Electronic Park Lock (EPL)/Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator: If the vehicle is equipped with automatic transmission and a floor mounted console gear shift, it has an ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in any position other than PARK and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of an ignition lock cylinder control actuator, and a park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column. They also have this on column mounted shifters !
Lee, is it auto transmission? If so I have ran into this problem with many chevy trucks. One of two things, first check linkage to shifter, may either need adjustment or new bushings. Sometimes the gear selector doesn't engage/disengage fully and the key won't turn, or you won't be able to remove it from the switch. Next problem could be the ignition switch itself, it isn't impossible for tumblers within the switch to fall out of sequence, of get damaged from forcing positions with key not all the way inserted. This is a typical problem with us guys with strong hands, replace ignition switch, your problems will disappear. Meanwhile, be gentle inserting and turning that ignition key!!!! Especially on older vehicles.
If the key is inserted all the way, press the brake petal down and adjust your gear selection lever until it is solidly in Park. The key will not turn if the transmission is engaged. On vehicles with steering column ignition this issue is usually because the steering wheel is turned effecting the locking mechanism on the ignition switch.
The D4 flashing is telling you that the computer believes something is wrong with your transmission.
The key switch next to your shifter allows you to shift to another gear when the engine is not running.
Since the ignition key is not starting the car (normally) you could try inserting your key in the shifter key port and turning it and moving the shift lever back and forth several times. The problem might be a sensor on your shift mechanism or transmission that is preventing the ignition switch from working, but I wouldn't hope for that being a solution to the problem.
Best you take the car to Honda or a trusted mechanic for help.