Steering wheel is not locked and car is set up to only start when steering wheel is in locked position. Have tried turning wheel left and right but still will not lock. Can not get key to turn.
The steering column has been locking up over the past several months. Usually if I turn the wheel slightly in the same direction as the front tires are pointing, it will unlock. It might take 5 to 10 tries. Today this trick is not working at all - could the minus 13 degree weather also effect this? Former owner did not have this problem. Is there a DIY way to get this fixed? I never had a car that did this before and I really don't see the benefit of this feature. Thanks for any help you can give!
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Re: Key will not turn
Neons are a real pain in the rear,,the part you are talking about is the neutral safety steering lock switch, you can disengage it from under the dash along the steering column,, but it is difficult,,,and you would also have to be able to turn your key to the start position anyway wouldnt you??
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To fix your problem, you have to turn the steering wheel either to the left or right as much as you can, then try to turn the key in the ignition. When the steering wheel locks, the key won't turn. By manually holding the steering wheel out of the lock position, the key will turn again and you're steering column will be back to normal. Also try holding the brake pedal down and turning the key and steering wheel at the same time
Try rocking the steering wheel slightly (it should turn just a little bit) while gently trying to turn the key. Sometimes if you turn the ignition off (to the lock position) too quickly, the steering wheel will be forced to turn slightly by the power steering pump as the engine comes to a stop. When turning the ignition off in the future, only turn the key back 1 notch to shut the engine off first. Then, after the engine has stopped, finish turning the key to the lock position.
Could be simple.
Try this. the steering wheel should turn ever so slightly to one direction if so turn the steering wheel that way and then try the key, start gently and build up on the wiggle force.
It should just be the steering lock working/not working
All you need to do is turn your steering wheel to the left all the way till it stops then put your key in while still holding the steering wheel to the left, turn the key to the on position this should release your steering wheel!
Some cars will lock the steering wheel when the ignition is turned to the lock position. To try and start the car, grab the steering wheel and try to move the steering wheel back and forth while turning the ignition key at the same time. Be aware that the steering wheel could require a pretty good yank before the ignition unlocks.
The steering locks don't necessarily engage when the key is removed, I always turn the wheel before exiting to engage it. There are several positions that will allow the pin to lock in but if between these, it may seem that it isn't locked.