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Key won't turn

My 2006 Toyota Rav4 won't turn on. Key will not move. Any lights operated by buttons or switches do work as do headllights, but directional signals do not. It is as if the steering wheel and key are frozen. We have tried jiggling the steering wheel.

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  • pbenjay Dec 09, 2008

    Hi yes we did try moving the steering wheel, maybe not pull down hard enough and try key at same time. Had steering wheel lock on Toyota Corolla but this is not the same thing. Wonder if this is some fail safe for low battery? or?

  • pbenjay Dec 10, 2008

    Thank you for your help, it WORKED! This is a great site and I am glad I found it this morning.


  • pbenjay May 11, 2010

    I followed Toyota Ed's advice and it worked perfectly.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    No fail safe for alow battery; just a mechanical means of locking the steering wheel if someone ripped the ignition out of the column, the thief would not be able to steering the vehicle. Look at the front wheels...are they turned left or right? If so, it's locked. Turn the steering wheel to the direction that the wheels are turned to, PULL HARD, and turn the key at the same time. Let me know.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Try pulling down hard on the steering wheel while turning the key at the same time. Your steering cloum nay be "locked", and the abovementioned procedure should release it. Let me know if it works.



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You are very welcome, glad to help.
Now, since you know "how to release it"; here is a tip: Turn the key off, and pull it out. Turn the wheel to the left, and wait for it to lock. Observe where it locks. Unlock it, and repeat the procedure, turn to the right. Observe again. Now you will know where the wheel locks, and if you avoid having the wheel close to those locations, the wheel will never lock on you again!
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