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Ignition and steering locked.1990Saab turbo Hatchback auto

I had been driving my Saab with no problem,Got into the car this afternoon and the key wont turn and then I moved the steering wheel and that is locked now.I have tried for hours to move the steering wheel at the same time as trying to turn ignition to no avail. I have the same problem in a 1995 Saab 900 SE, though my steering wheel is not locked. Car was fine last night, but when did errands around town. Eighteen hours later, I can't turn the key. What's up with that?

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Your ignition lock probably has sticky pin inside of tumbler.
Try spraying some WD40 or PB Blast into the key cylinder.

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