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Auto won't start

I insert key into steering column,it will not turn. Feels as if its locked. This happened on several occasions last year.but after a few tries the ignition would turn. tonight it will not budge. Ihave a 2003 cadillac deville.

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Curious, i've seen this before but not whith this kind of car. if you park with the steering wheel turned to one side or the other, when you shut the car off, the power steering also shuts off. this could be putting pressure on the steering wheel when it locks off. next time, before turning off the motor, aim the wheels straight ahead first. be sure the steering wheel is straight on before you turn the engine off. this time, when you turn the motor off, the power steering will not be a factor. hopefully it eliminate the problem.

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