Key won't turn in ignition


Asked by Jan 10, 2016 at 06:01 PM about the 2011 Kia Rio Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

All of a sudden, the key won't turn in the ignition. It goes in, and turns to the first click, where the radio and stuff can turn on. But it won't budge from there. I've tried all of the obvious solutions, and a bunch of other stuff. I messed with the steering wheel, jiggled/tapped the key, messed with the transmission, disconnected the battery, and on and on. I'm thinking I need to replace the part, but I'm not sure exactly which part, or what it's called. I don't want to buy or replace anything unnecessary, and I'm hoping to do the job myself.

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have you tried shooting any lube into it??

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Yeah, spent 2 hours spraying WD40 into it and putting the key in and out, and turning it back and forth, cleaning off any gunk coming out on the key, etc. Tried blowing air in the keyhole. Feel like I tried everything, though I know that's not true.

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Thanks for sharing your problem, because I'm have the same issue on my 2012 Kia Rio today. (I wish I had the answer). My key works perfectly in all 5 door locks, but it sticks in the ignition in various positions: Lock, Start, On, and ACC... without being able to turn or remove. I called my local Kia dealership, and of course they are not answering service phone calls on a Sunday. So, IF my key will turn the ignition tomorrow I will drive to the dealership and ask about buying a new ignition switch. IF my key won't turn my ignition, after much jiggling & careful key positioning; I'll need to have it towed to the dealership. Also, I have a spare key with the same problems in the ignition switch, so that indicates the problem is not the key, rather it's a faulty and/or worn out ignition switch.

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