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Can't start my car

I have put the key in ignition and the computer says the steering wheel is locked turn the wheel and retry I have done this loads of times what am I doing wrong?

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  • karentaylor0 Dec 16, 2008

    the front tyre is clear of the kerb only the rear tyre is touching

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Did you park such that there is a load on the wheel? you may need to release the load against the lock while you turn the key.

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