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Steering column locked

Key won't turn in the steering column to start the car

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  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    The same thing with my car but you cant turn the wheel because the steering wheel is locked.

  • pauliechips Nov 06, 2008

    the key wont turn to start the car.

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Temporary solution is to put the key in the ignition and tap on the end that attaches to the ring vdery gently with something like a pocket knife. this allows the pin to fall into place and work better. try to keep the key in an unbound... not against either the clockwise limit or counterclockwise limit.... as you are tapping. if this works, lubricate the lock and get it to a locksmith before it quits working all together and the lock needs to be drilled

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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Turn the steering wheel (it may take a lot of force) a bit either way while trying to turn the key.  It's probably just that the wheel's in the wrong position.

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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MOST LIKELY ONE OF THE LOCK PINS HAS STUCK, YOU CAM TRY SPRAYING SOMETHING LIKE WD40 INTO THE LOCK, BUT IN MOST CASES A NEW KEY CYLINDER IS REQUIRED

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Posted on Nov 02, 2008

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SOURCE: 1998 Wranger Ignition Key Stuck / Steering Column Locked

I have had this same problem on 4 of my Jeeps. A locksmith provided me with two answers.
This key thing happens to me at least once a week.
It is a common problem with Jeeps. 1998 Wrangler, 2007 Cherokee and two 2000 Cherokees all had the issue.


1. Replace the tumbler assembly. $150. USD (Not!)
2. Place the key in the ignition, smartly impact the key on the **** end, end that is sticking out of the ignition. (Harder is not better) strike straight on as to not break the key off. 4 or 5 strikes should fix the problem every time.

FYI - flooding the switch with WD-40 will not fix the issue, it is a tumbler problem.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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SOURCE: key fits into ignition but will not turn

Hi arthajordan, I will take a shot at this one, if you look at your front wheels they are probably turned, If they are turned you need to turn the steering wheel as much as you can, I realize you have wiggled the wheel and the column is locked but you should be able to turn it a little. With it turned and pressure from you turning the wheel try to turn the key. This is just a shot in the dark but I think it will work. Let me know if this helps and please rate this solution. lone99star

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SOURCE: ignition key won t turn. steering wheel locked

the key may be worn badly or the ignition needs to be replaced.

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When you get the key into the ignition, Try turning the wheel to one side or the other as you turn the key. Some vehicle's steering columns will "lock" if the wheel is turned to tightly when the ignition gets turned off. Hope that helps.

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