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I own a 2001 L200 and my key will not turn in the ignition switch, the steering wheel is locked. I purchased a new key in hopes that the old one was just worn out, but it does not work either. Ive tried moving the steering wheel while turning, etc. Ive sprayed WD-40 in the ignition switch, still nothing, does anyone know of a way to unlock the wheels atleast so I can have it towed if nessary?

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The locking mechanism is either beneath the steering wheel or attached to the lock cylinder with a bar that slides into a slot when key is put in lock. Remove the steering column cover and see if you can spot the mechanism. I sawed one of the bars off with a hacksaw once, but it was easy to get to.

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SOURCE: 2001 P.T. Cruiser

It's possible the tumblers have fallen in your ignition. I had a similar incident with a Focus I owned. Everything locked and I couldn't get the key to turn at all. They had to tow the car to the dealership and replace the tumblers.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Steering Wheel Locked Up

Do you have the wheels turned all the way in one direction? If so turn them more in the same direction and try turning the key.

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SOURCE: 2006 Durango problems

try tapping the lock cylinder with a small hammer...some times this will jar the tumblers and allow it to turn...if this works the lock cylinder is going bad and will need replaced

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SOURCE: cannot unlock the steering wheel on oldsmobile intrigue 2001

is it the right key for that car? cause if not then that is the problem... if it is the right key, then you might have to replace the key cylinder cause you may have something broken in it...

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SOURCE: My 2001 PT Cruiser ignition switch will not turn.

was the ignition switch getting hard to turn with the key for a while or did this just all of a sudden happen usually the problem has been going of for a while but people just ignore it until it gets to this point,it sounds like the tumblers in the ignition key switch have gone bad and the tumbler assembly needs to be replaced,the new tumbler assembly can keyed to the original key if the key is not worn out.this should be replaced with a new key if it is.

Posted on Mar 08, 2011

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