My Keys Won't Turn on the Ignition in My Honda Pilot

Ignition keys can get stuck in the ignition cylinder of your car, leaving you without any way to start your car. This problem may appear to happen for unexplainable reasons, but there are a number of methods you can use to get the key turning and working again. If your car will not start, you can try the following steps to get the key properly engaging the ignition in your Honda Pilot.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Verify that the car is in "Park." If it is not, the ignition key cannot be turned to engage the car.

  • Set the parking brake and shift the car into "Park." The parking brake will ensure that the wheels are not moving and the car can be started.

  • Pull hard on the steering wheel in one direction then the other. This may loosen the wheels or the ignition switch into a position where the car can be started.

  • Remove the trim from around the steering column and verify that nothing is restricting the key from moving. The trim can be removed panel by panel with a flat edge, such as a screwdriver. Pop each piece carefully out of the panel, which is secured by plastic fasteners.

  • Use a flat head screwdriver to make sure that nothing is restricting the key from being inserted all the way into the ignition. This can also be done with a small item, such as a wire or paperclip.