The Shifter is in Park, but the steering wheel will not lock into position therefore, the key will not turn in the ignition. When I turn the steering wheel a quarter turn, I get an relay type clicking from under the dash board. I have tried rocking the car forward and backward several times attempting to jar the steering column into its lock position with no success. I called a local dealer service center and the advisor said it could be a bad steering column sensor and that if I located it, to disconnect, clean the contacts, reconnect and that might fix the problem temporarely. Can anyone tell me where under the dash to locate this switch and what to look for. Any other possible causes for this problem ??
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There may be to much pressure on the steering wheel lock for it to go into the off position. put the parking brake on. put the shifter in neutral gently turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction of where the wheels are pointed and try turning the key to the off position. Good Luck
All vehicles have a safety feature that won't allow a vehicle to be shifted into gear without the drivers foot being on the brake pedal . Shifter interlock system . There is a electrically controlled solenoid that locks the shifter ,when you step on the brake pedal an electrical signal un locks the shifter ,allowing the gear selector to move.
Try this....I know it sounds silly, but I had an old galaxy that did this same thing....
After you put the car in park, (I am guessing it is on the steering column), do NOT let the shifter go into it's "parked" position, but rather, leaving it in park, pull the shift lever toward you, but do NOT move it out of park. Kind of like you have to do when you are going to pull the shifter out of park, and into another gear, ya know? While holding the shifter in that position, NOW try to remove the keys. Did this work?
It is a Safety Switch, that some vehicles have. However, if the shifter never had the problem before, and suddenly, it is doing this, you may have a small broken part inside the steering column, that will not allow the ignition and steering components to LOCK.
If its not turned all the way to the off position try moving the key around while you turn the wheel back and forth, there is a lock mechanism in the steering wheel to prevent stealing the car without the key. Also make sure the shifter is in park, if the steering wheel doesnt work put some pressure on the shifter towards park and move the key around.
I think that is normal for all cars or some of it, because if your steering wheel is lock, you can not release your shifter to D to R or to N because your car is design with the safety lock for anti-theif. Before you start and drive your car, you need to turn your key to the switch position and unlock the steering wheel by turning or wiggling left and right the steering wheel until you will hear the click then its also automatically unlock your shifter. The click sound is lock or unlock. Maybe you don't know also that every time you get out from you car and toke off your key and accidentally turn a little bit your steering wheel, and also you don't hear or feel the click specially if you are in a hurry, your car is in a safety lock. I hope you get what I mean, OK, Thnx
Is your steering wheel locked while this is happening? Try applying a little pressure to your key and ignition switch while you wiggle the steering wheel to take the pressure off the steering lock. Or double check that the transmission shifter is completely in the Park position. Wiggle the shifter as well to make sure.