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2004 Santa Fe Ignition switch locked

Cannnot turn key in ignition, it is in lock position
Also, steering wheel and shifter in lock position as well

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  • mariahekelly Feb 07, 2009

    blueextc3221 THANK YOU SO MUCH! That worked perfectly. I didn't actually have to do it while pulling the key out, but just wiggling the steering wheel around while my key was in clicked something into place. You completely saved/made my day!

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    If you turn the wipers on max then wiggle up down and the whole assembly moves the ignition cylinder housing is worn and needs to be replaced. Note that the passlock/security sensor is in the housing and will need to be programmed after replace This is a very common problem especailly if you have lots of things on your key ring The weight wears out the housing

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    Have you tried to turn the wheel, while removing the key?

    Sometimes the lock in the wheel gets jammed to one sid or the other.

    Jiggle the steering wheel while turning/removing the key, and report back

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Tried all above on 2002 Santa Fe. After locking steering wheel, I pulled wheel hard to the right and the key turned in the ignition. We had below zero temps so I'm not sure if that did something. This model is horrible with frozen doors so who knows. Otherwise the car has been great.

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I just had this happen to me yesterday with my 2002 Santa Fe. After trying everything (jiggling steeling wheel, shaking the car, you name it we tried it). We got a chain and pulled the car ahead about 2 feet. That didn't seem to do anything but we then pulled up the emergency brake into the lock position and tried to start the car (with the ER brake on) and it worked!!! The steering wheel came unlocked and the car started up. Don't know if it was the pulling of the car that broke something free or if it was the ER brake, but that was what worked for me.

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