Chevrolet Corvette Ignition Lock Cylinder
What Could Possibly Go Wrong with a Chevrolet Corvette Ignition Lock Cylinder?
Built with a slot that's compatible with only one key, the Chevrolet Corvette ignition lock cylinder keeps your vehicle secure. What's more, it allows you to run some of your automotive accessories without necessarily starting the engine. However, an ignition lock cylinder easily wears out because of frequent use. Inserting and removing the key from the slot sometimes damages some parts within the cylinder, and that will make starting your vehicle difficult.
Ignition won't turn
Difficulty in turning on the ignition is a sign that there's something wrong with the pin tumbler lock inside the cylinder. Although the problem may cause delays and headaches, it is something that you can easily fix by lubricating the ignition lock. Powdered graphite lock cylinder lube works best in preventing the pins from sticking. Insert the key into the slot after you've applied the lube.
Broken key stuck in the cylinder
When a broken key is wedged in the ignition, it will be impossible for you to start your vehicle. Fortunately, though, you can fix the problem without paying a locksmith to do the work for you. If the broken key is inserted deep into the ignition, a pair of tweezers may not be the ones for the job. Instead, you'll need a screw wire to fish out the broken key by its edges. The broken key may not come out quickly-wiggling it from side to side will help.
Key slides out of ignition
Although a key sliding out of the ignition won't cause your vehicle to stop, it might bring another problem (like losing the key in the process). This problem usually happens when the key is already worn out. Replacing the key would be a good idea, but if that doesn't work, inspect the cylinder for signs of damage. You can replace the ignition lock cylinder to fix the problem.
Other troubleshooting tips
If you can't get your car to start because you've lost your keys, you need to have your ignition lock cylinder drilled out from your vehicle. Once the cylinder is removed, replace the cylinder together with the ignition switch.