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First thing you need to try is wiggling the steering wheel back and worth while turning the key to try and unlock the steering column. If the key is worn out it may not turn well in the ignition. Another thing is to lubricate the ignition cylinder. If nothing works, it maybe the ignition cylinder tumbler is worn out and needs to be replaced.
this might sound easy but have you turned the wheel enough to take tension off the key mechisium it sometimes puts a lot of preassure on the lock and you cant turn key till you turn steering wheel opposite direction to take preassure off key lock
Try turning key around or use a spare key, make sure steering wheel isn't being forced against the internal lock. Are the wheels against a curb or object? if so turn steering wheel to relieve pressure on ignition lock. other wise lock cylinder maybe worn out and will need replaced. Good luck!
IF this is the same problem as in the Dodge Caravan's, then put the key in the ignition and tap it with a hammer, big wrench, etc. Not too hard! My caravan does the same thing and I can jam the key in the lock and get it to turn fine. Eventually you will have to replace the igintion lock cylinder.
Check your tie rods and the drag link bar which controls the steering. Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you are underneath and you should be able to pinpoint the noise location. I had the same problem on my 2001. Replaced the lower tie-rod ends and also the ones on both sides of the drag link. This solved the problem. Whether you do this job yourself or not, you will definately also need an alignment upon completion.