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2002 sonata steering ignition lock up

If my car is turned off and the steering coloumn is turned one way or the other---when i try to start the car the key will not turn in the ignition. the steering wheel has to be wiggled to a straight postion (which is hard to do sometimes!) b4 the ignition key will turn and start the car. a simple solution would be to make sure the wheel r straight when turning off the car but my 22 yr. old daughter was not aware of this.
thank you for any help u might be able to offer
kathy

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    pushing it back and forth will the key in the ignition?

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Try to push the car back and forth few times....your steering/ignition lock will be released.

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The locking of the steering wheel is a protective measure in case thieves try to steal your car . Turning the wheel slightly and wiggling it or remembering to set it straight is minimal compared to the cost of replacing a new ignition switch or other components.

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Check to see if there's any wearing down off the key itself it appears to be some what smooth I would replace the key.. it could also be inside the ignition switch. if it is the ignition switch you would have to replace it by a mechanic. please indicate if my solutions are helpful thankyou

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Thanks Dnow
I had the same problem on a 2002 Sonata. Ignition key would not turn and steering wheel locked.  I followed your advice and had my wife tugging on the steering wheel and simultaneously trying to turn the ignition key while I was outside rocking the car back and forth.  After 4-5 rocks, it finally freed up.  Thanks so much for the advice.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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