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Key fits into ignition but will not turn

Tried multiple keys but will not turn, no problems past, tried wiggling
steering and moved tilt but can not turn the key, wet frozen roads last
nite, but how would that have any effect. any ideas?? tried heating the key.

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  • famcantrell Dec 14, 2008

    tried pulling steering wheel hard, the wheels are straight, no luck, may have to replace ignition? any other ideas?? thanks for any ideas

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    You did not mention if the steering wheel would turn, or like it is locked. You need to turn the wheel AND turn the key at the same time.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Are the front wheels turned to the left or the right? If so, you may have a locked steering column. Get in the car, and turn the steering wheel...is it "LOCKED"? If so, try turning the wheel HARD and turn the key at the same time. Let me know if this works.

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Bad ignition switch. I fixed a problem like that with a 1999 Toyota Sienna. The cylinder is broken in internally. Need the replace tumbler, (just the key part not the electrical part) However it may be hard to get by itself. Good Luck

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