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1998 chrysler sebring convertible Ignition locked Brakes locked Wheel locked Can't turn my wheel due to it locking, can't turn my key in the ignition due to it locking, can't Push my breaks due to them locking.......now I'm carless with two kids. What is wrong and how can I cheaply fix it??????

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Rock the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn key. I'm sure you may have already tried this, but maybe the steering lock is putting pressure on the key lock, preventing its turning.
If no help, IDK, do you have a chip in the key? Or does the car have a theft alarm locking it? If you have a regular key and it won't work, do you have a spare? You might want a new key made, and see if it works.
Good luck.

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

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SOURCE: ignition lock -98 dodge neon

Sounds like the ignition cylinder is jambed, if you remove the covers and put the key in, you might be able to turn it with pliers, just turn it to the accessories position, then there is a small metal clip that pushes in, push it in and pull the lock cylinder out of place, get a new one from the dealer and reverse to install. If it's above you, your dealer can help, usually about an hours labour or so.
Hope that helps, Good luck
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Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Lock steering wheel...Key won't turn in the ignition

Make sure to push the brake firmly with you foot. I do this all the time.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Steering wheel locked in place, key will not turn...

Very likely the steering thrust stored in the tires attempting to turn back is forcing excessive tension against the steering lock.

Try (very hard) to turn the steering wheel either direction while turning the key gently.

If that solves it you can avoid this by letting go of the steering after stopping to park, turn off the ignition slowly (engine off, pause, then key out). This will ensure that the steering wheel comes to rest prior to locking the column.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition key won t turn. steering wheel locked

the key may be worn badly or the ignition needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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