Engine won't start and the wheel is UNlocked and key won't come out of ignition
OMG! I am stuck right now as we speak. My husband called to tell me that the car won't start. I grabbed the manual and walked him through how to jump start it. That didn't work either. He says the car is in Park but the wheel is unlocked and the keys won't come out of the ignition....What could this be? How do we get the damn thing to start???? PLEASE HELP
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This can happen if the battery is low / dead. To solve, connect a set of jumper cables between the battery in the Cobalt and a running car's battery. Shut off the running car. In the Cobalt, make sure all accessories (lights, radio, fan, etc.) are off. Step on the brake, then move the gear shifter fully into the PARK position. Next, either attempt to start the engine, or turn the key to the OFF position and remove it from the ignition.
OMG, I want to thank you all for
your information. I was looking for any information I could find on how to get
the key out of the ignition on my BMW 330 CI. My key would not come out of the
ignition. I would have to put the car in park, turn off the key and then push
the knob more into the Park position. I thought the coin blog would be to easy.
I went outside, removed the ashtray and low and behold, there is a quarter in
there. I was so excited. The key now comes out without and issues. Thanks again
for your information.
If the wrong key was inserted it may have bent a tumbler pin,maybe try some wd-40 or similar and work it with the right key,might drop the tumbler back,,if not the whole ign. cylinder will have to be changed
Hi Sometimes the car won’t start because the wheel is turned the wrong way. Try turning the wheel and then trying it again. Check that the car is in park. If it was shut off in gear, it won’t start. Next, make sure the car isn’t out of gas. Check whether the tires are stuck up against a curb or something. If so, turn the steering wheel firmly to the right or try to get out and physically move the car a bit and it should start. Do you have the clutch pedal down if it’s a standard? Or, if you have an antitheft device, check to see if that’s allright. Check your distributor cap for moisture. If you recently ran through a deep puddle, a damp or wet distributor cap will keep the car from starting. If there are cracks in it, replace it. If you cant turn the car key then this is probably due to an antitheft gizmo that turns on when you shut off the car. Just wiggle the steering wheel a little and then try. If that doesn’t do it, turn the wheel as far to one side as you can and try again. This should get it going. However if the battery’s good but the car still won’t turn over you may have a bad ignition switch. Try this test. Turn the key to ON (not start) and see in the warning lights are working. If they don’t and the battery connections are clean you have a bad ignition switch. If it's the ignition switch you probably will have to take it in to the garage. Call for service if you’ve checked out all of the above things because the other possibilities will require a little more technical skill to discover.
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I know this is a little late, but I just encountered the same problem with a 2005.5 jetta tdi. Went to put key in ignition and encountered a white plastic tumbler(?) blocking the keyhole. Car was parked, tires were straight and steering wheel was locked. Tried moving wheel up, down, left and right and also tried applying a small amount of oil thinking something was just stuck. Did what I could and finally called VW roadside assistance. Local dealer took a look this afternoon and notified me that the ignition switch is faulty and they have to order a new one from Germany which will take 2 weeks to arrive. Plus side, the part and labor will be covered under CPO warranty, but of course, the warranty doesn't cover a rental car for the two weeks this one will be out of commission.