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Why won’t my key turn in the ignition of my Toyota vehicle?

Toyota vehicle key and ignition common issues and solutions 

You’re running late, you hope into your Toyota, and your key won’t turn in the ignition. It feels stuck or immobile. This problem has happened to many of us, but luckily there is usually an easy fix for this situation. Keep reading below to learn why your key won’t turn in the ignition of your Toyota vehicle. 


Using the wrong key in a Toyota vehicle 

Just like house keys, vehicle keys are unique for each ignition. If you attempt to use a key for a different Toyota vehicle, it may slide in, but it won’t turn. Double-check that you aren’t getting your keys mixed up, even if it does fit in the ignition.  

If you have similar sets of keys in your household, we recommend distinguishing them in some way. An easy way to do this is to attach them to a recognizable key-chain. Just make sure the key-chain is lightweight and won’t tangle on other objects. 

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Locked steering wheel in a Toyota vehicle 

Sometimes, the steering wheel of your vehicle may lock by accident. This is nothing to worry about. If your ignition feels stuck, try to turn your steering wheel back and forth as you turn the key in the ignition. It may help to have someone else work with you on this. 

Locked steering wheels are not a big issue and should be easily fixable. You may have to use some strength to move the steering wheel, but don’t go overly hard or you could damage the steering column. If the problem persists, take your vehicle into a maintenance center for a checkup. 

Key and ignition maintenance at a Toyota dealership in Columbia, TN 

We can help you out with any key or ignition issues. Sometimes, the key may be damaged, leading to it not working in your Toyota vehicle. We can help you order a new key.