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FORD EXPLORER IGNITION IS STUCK

THE KEY GOES INTO THE IGNITION AND COMES OUT NORMALLY, BUT THE KEY WONT TURN. THE STEERING WHEEL IS NOT LOCKED.

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    please help us fix this we have to have transportatioin

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    steering wheel does not lock

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Just replace the ignition it is only about 25 dollars or so and it should not have a pats system for that year you must have the key to get the ignition out though do you have another key ... the key must be turned to get it out and back in you can drill the lock and then turn it so you can remove it but if you are not comfortable doing this call a locksmith.. much cheaper than a dealer

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