The ignition is locked up, it is as if the steering wheel needed to be moved to release the ignition, but I did move the wheel and wiggled the transmission (Auto) to try to free it and nothing. I put wd40 in the ignition and put the key in and out many times trying to free it.. Any ideas? Thanks
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The ignition lock includes the steering wheel lock. It's possible that it just needs lubrication, or that the lock part has broken. In either case, taking the covers off the steering column sounds like your next move.
Before turning the key, try moving the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key. Sometimes on power steering equipped vehicles when they are turned off and the wheel isn't straight, it will put excess pressure on the ignition lock cylinder. Moving the steering wheel may ferr it up.
In the ring around the ignition switch (where your key is stuck) there is a recessed dimple. Get a ballpoint pen, insert into the dimple, hold it there while turning your key to the lock position (if it's not already there) and remove the key.
The tumblers in the lock cylinder are stuck and this prevents the key from turning. Spray some lubricant into the cylinder, insert the key in and out numerous times and also hit the end of the key with a rubber hammer while it is in the cylinder and this will help to release the tumblers.
on that year car when the ignition is turned off a pin moves thru a gear with openings under the steering wheel. if the alignment is off the pin will strike the gear and stop you from turning off the car. If i am right you may be able to move the steering wheel as you try to turn off the ignition and get that pin to hit an opening in the gear. If not then something is wrong with the switch or the key has worn out and the lock cylinder is not releasing all the stops which let it turn meaning you will have to replace the lock cylinder. This requires pulling the steering wheel to gain access to the lock. If you need to do this reply and I can walk you thru the process but you will need to get or rent a steering wheel puller kit to do it. hope this helps if so please reply and good luck
Try pressing the key down little bit while you are trying to turn it towards ignition, at the same time slowly turning the steering wheel clockwise and counter clockwise ( it's locked but it still moves a little bit), it should release the steering wheel lock.
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