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Key won't turn, steering wheel locked, brakes locked.

My van is completely locked up! My key won't turn at all. I have had no new key made and the spare key won't work either! The steering wheel is locked up as well as the brakes.

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  • johnsonchris Feb 23, 2009

    same thing with me

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With the key in the ignition, tap on the key with something heavy like a pair of pliers, screwdriver etc. It will cause the pin inside the mechanism to drop, and the iginition will turn. Happened to me today, worked like a charm.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

  • perkinsjuli Dec 23, 2010

    Tried the screwdriver in the hole first, frustration settled in, the hammer to the key in the ignition and wallaw!!! the silly ignition turned. Don't know if it would have worked with out the WD40 and screwdriver combination hammer hittin but we can now officially drive the car!!!
    Thank you for all your car know how!! Thanks from all the women in the world who have to do it themselves!! YOU ARE A GEM!

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    Christina Hummel Oct 23, 2014

    I tapped mine with a flaslight! Thank you so much for posting this fix!!!!!! It worked.

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Try to pull the steering wheel really hard to the left and right while trying to swith on the ignition at the same time usually that will free it up and go back to normal Good luck! Ed

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We tried all of the above; cranking on the locked steering wheel, tapping the key in the ignition and finally poking around in the small hole on the right side of the underside of the steering column. Not sure what solution worked, or if it was the way one held one's tongue... but the key turned! Thanks for the ideas!

Posted on Apr 13, 2010

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    Ronald Blair Aug 28, 2014

    I also tried them all. I saved banging on the key until last. It worked. Thank you. I used graphite to lubricatethe swithch.

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I had the same problem and was able to get it turning again on our '03 POS. There is a small hole or the right side of the lower steering column cover. You can stick a long and thin screwdriver in and push the pin up that holds the cylinder in. You can take the hole cylinder out by pushing up, turning the key and pulling outwards. I think I sprayed some WD-40 on the pin and reinstalled. It did it again a few days later and now it's been over 6 months since the last occurence. I think the pin somehow moves up which locks the tumblers from rotating.

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Omg thank you for this. My son was stranded and I told him to do this and it does work. He turned the steering wheel to the left and banged on the key

Posted on Oct 19, 2012

First solution worked great!!!!

Thanks

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