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1998 Dodge Caravan 3.3L iginition key will not turn and steering wheel is locked

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Remove steering wheel should be a hole to push the release pin down then pull key & tumbler out replace with a new one. Also try spraying some penetrating oil in key hole FIRST

Posted on Nov 11, 2012

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Explorer Steering wheel locked

pull cover off of bottom and turn key to on and push pin up with scratch owl should be able to remove tumbler then

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SOURCE: ignition broken and want to bypass steering wheel lock mechanism-

its not that had to replace the ignition switch, remove the steering wheel, u will need to buy a ighition removal tool, push plate down, remove plate and the switch will slide right out.. go to advanced auto parts and they will tell you all the tools you will need to replace the switch, and they have a loaner tool program, so just buy the tool and take it back and get your money back.. good luck keith...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: key won't turn, steering wheel locked, brakes locked.

With the key in the ignition, tap on the key with something heavy like a pair of pliers, screwdriver etc. It will cause the pin inside the mechanism to drop, and the iginition will turn. Happened to me today, worked like a charm.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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try turning the steering wheel left and right while turning the key, sometimes when you park with your wheels turned it will lock the wheel and key. you may have to put a little force into turning the wheel, nothing that will make u sweat... hope this helps you and good luck!!!

Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: steering wheel is locked key will not turn 2001 ford focus automa

have you tryed to turn the steering a little bit, at the same time turn the key.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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