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Ignition is locked

My 2005 GX 470 will not start, I put the key in the ignition and it won't turn and the steering wheel is locked. We tried stepping on the brake and turning the wheel back & forth, but no luck. I called Lexus roadside assistance and the car will have to be towed to the dealer! Of course it's saturday nite and the dealer doesn't open until Sunday. I tried all my keys and none will work. Does anyone have any simple solutions, it sounds like theirs a malfunction in the tumbler or immobilization system? Any reply would be greatly appreciated.

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  • troia Nov 09, 2008

    I will try the graphite grease tomorrow and see if that works, thank you

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    I had the same problem today where I put the key in my 2005 Lexux GX470 and the key would not turn. I tried all keys and key would not budge. I called Lexus service and they said the steering wheel could be locked but the wheels were striaght as an arrow and there was no need for the steering wheel to be locked. I went back out to the car and really tugged on the wheel to the right and really turned the ignition and the ignition finally turned and was able to start the vehicle. This was not normal and I think I will ahve service look at it.

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I had the same exact problem tonight. My key would not turn the ignition. I could not start by pulling the steering wheel and the tow company could not tow it out of the garage, BUT before this happened as I was driving the car earlier in the day, I noticed it was very difficult to drive and got concerned.

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Mainly due to wear from excess weight from to many keys on the keyring try using graphite grease rather than wd40 it does not attract dirt put graphite grease on key then insert into ignition it should get it moving long term a visit to expensive locksmith for a new barrel

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

  • glenn brown Nov 09, 2008

    bunnings sell graphite grease in the power tool section

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