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Can't remove ignition key from ignition

1998 Honda Accord Ex 2.3 4 cyl. Ignition key stuck in the ignition will not turn all the way to last position to be removed, car starts no problem but only key available, and cant duplicate unless I remove it. Is there a pin stuck in the lock cylinder holding it in? I have tried moving the steering wheel, and transmission in the park or neutral position without any luck.

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Thought I'd have a big bill if I took it to the dealer (new ignition switch, etc. etc.); sprayed oil into the lock, pulled the key out after a couple of wiggles. Thanks for the tip. I am positive you saved me a lot of money.


Well Thank you ssforest for the advice, I did exactly that you said, and worked, within 3 minutes I had that key out and lock cylinder working perfect.... Thank you for your advice seems that's the best fix for that problem.


im happy someone helped you with yours. i hope your car is running. wish this guy wld know bout chevy caveliers. lol good luck. mine makes a noise on left turns. cant find the answer im female and lost god bless i think accords r great cars


My '97 Accord EX (2.3) had the black key stuck in it for over a year. I had to keep putting a towel over the steering wheel to disguise the fact. I read about the WD40 trick (I had already tried pushing the 'T' bar firmly into 'Park', wiggling the steering wheel, wiggling the key...etc. Two small squirts of WD 40 directly into the key slot and the key came out second try. I didn't even have to yank on it. Try it - it worked for me. Thanks a million to whoever it was that first suggested this 'trick'.


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get some graphite lock lube. Also, you might have some wiggle room if it's not the valet key. The valet key has thicker edges which block it from entering the trunk and glove box.

There are many other solutions, depending on how much time you have, but start there if you just want the key out. If it's a copied key, the blades might be a bit rough so just keep wiggling the key with the steering wheel pulled and foot on the brake. Gently try to turn the key to the out position while pulling on the key a little bit. just don't force it, as it could twist the blades and make them lose alignment with the tumbler pins. if it's twisted, try un-twisting it.

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I have a problem with the ignition.turning with the key in. I get the steering wheel unlocked but no further. Would I also spray in some lube ? How would I removed e the ignition all together if that is the problem.


I can't say how to remove the ignition, but first check that the key is original or a good cut copy first. If you get the wheel loose without forcing it, can you get in acc. mode? If it's an automatic, make sure it's in Park.

If you do mess with ignition, be very careful. There could be a high voltage starter wire if not relayed elsewhere.


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