This is a known defect with Dodge. I called my dealer and he said to gently tap the end of the key with a small hammer. I thought he was full of it until I tried it. This solution has worked for about a year and a half. Was quite the joke in my office and with my friends. One VERY cold day a few weeks back, this trick stopped working. I ended up taking off the steering wheel plastic cowl. I grabbed some wd-40 and sprayed the mechanism inside and out really good. I also had to finagle with the little pins that grab at the key cylinder. They seemed to be gummed up or jammed... Haven't had the problem since...One note, make sure the key does not stick in the start position or your starter will keep turning.
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have you tried another key? also if your steering wheel is turned in either direction when key was last removed, you may need to wiggle the steering wheel while trying to turn the key, with newer electronic steering, the column sometimes gets stuck.
Some of these cars had a button under the steering column that you could push to release the locked wheel. Feel under the steering wheel and column going from the end of the wheel towards the dash and see if there is button on the underside that you can push. Good luck.
Some ignition system locks will not release the key unless you push in towards the column while turning further off. It is a safety device to stop in advertent removal of the key while moving. Try that first.
Somtimes you need to turn the steering wheel a little to allow the lock to engage.
Try depress the unlock button while moving the steering back and forth a little. Try a lot..
If not work, drape a scarf or towel over steering column to hide key in ignition, and use spare key to open door lock. You do have spare key?
Check your insurance, you may have lock smith lock out coverage.
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. Also try holding the brake pedal down and turning the key and steering wheel at the same time