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.
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!
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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Assuming the car is not running and you are trying to start it, sometimes the steering wheel is locked from the wheel thrying to turn back on itself and this won't allow the key to turn. Try turning the steering wheel all the way to the left or right then while the wheel turned, try to turn the key.
To fix your problem, you have to turn the steering wheel either to the
left or right as much as you can, then try to turn the key in the
ignition. When the steering wheel locks, the key won't turn. By manually
holding the steering wheel out of the lock position, the key will turn
again and you're steering column will be back to normal.
Saturn and Chevrolet have problems with their ignition locks so much to the point that I'm surprised there wasn't a recall. Try to push/pul the key in and out while you try turning it. If you have success, try some graphite powder in the lock mechanism; it might help for the future. If you are successful and the graphite helps smooth the lock, consider yourself lucky. If not, be prepared to get a new lock.
This is a very common situation that arises when the steering-lock mechanism binds, it is usually because the wheels are jammed against the curb. Follow the instructions below to solve the issue:-- 1) First of all make sure that the transmission is in park. Set the parking brake to prevent the car from rolling farther against the curb 2) Pull hard on the steering wheel while turning it in both directions. This will normally free the wheel, but if it does not help. then, 3) Release the parking brake and put the transmission in neutral. Let up on the foot pedal just enough to rock the car slightly.and now turn the steering wheel again. this time the key should turn now. Thanks. you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.
Try this - Turn the steering wheel HARD - in the same direction the wheels are pointing - have a strong person do this - while you try to turn the key WITH the foot on the brake and the car in park or neutral. This releases the pressure on the steering column.
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I think it is a common problem that while the power steering relaxes and the tyres find a comfortable spot to sit on the road, after you've parked, the steering mechanism can push against the steering lock in the ignition switch. Usually the steering wheel needs a bit of a jiggle while you turn the key. If you were to engage park brake, release foot brake and let go of steering wheel before turning off ignition, it may settle better for you.