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Re: Starts if you turn steering wheel
I will take a guess at this. You can't turn the key until you turn the steering wheel a little to the left or the right? This is usually caused by friction on the steering locking mechanism which keeps the key from turning in order to start the car. If this is not the case then you may have a bad ignition switch or cable head connecting to the switch that is not making contact until you move the steering wheel around and it makes contact allowing you to start the vehicle. Good Luck, RAC
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Can you turn the key at all? If not, sometimes the steering wheel can be binding on the key release. Wiggle the steering wheel left and right while trying to turn the key. If it releases and the vehicle starts, you have corrected the issue. If you can turn the key and nothing happens, you say you headlights don't work....does anything else. You could have a dead (or very low) battery.
Sounds like a hard-to-find electrical short. Look under the car to see if any wires are near the steering linkages. Then turn the wheel and look under again (never get under a running car - make sure it is off and in Park with e-brake set).
WHEEL BEARING USUALLY STARTS MAKING A ROARING TYPE NOISE WHICH USUALLY GETS LOUDER THE FASTER YOU DRIVE, SOMETIMES THEY WILL BE LOOSE , TO CHECK JACK UP THAT WHEEL AND GRAB TOP AND BOTTOM OF TIRE AND SHAKE, IF THERE IS MOVEMENT, TRY TO GET SOMEONE TO ROCK TIRE FOR YPU AND WATCH WHERE AXLE GOES INTO CENTER OF BEARING AND SEE IF AXLE IS MOVING WITH TIRE MOVEMENT AND SPINDLE REMAINS STATIONARY, THEN IT IS BAD BEARING, OR SOMETIMES THERE WILL BE NO MOVEMENT, THEN BLOCK REAR WHEELS AND RUN CAR WITH THAT WHEEL IN AIR AND SEE IF YOU HEAR NOISE, GOOD LUCK.
Sometimes if you remove the key from the ignition while you still have tension on the steering wheel it will lock up the ignition. Try pulling on the steering wheel left and right while trying to turn the ignition key. Good luck.
If the vehicle is FWD then you may have a CV outter joint going out and/or possibly a wheel bearing failure. I would have this checked out by a professional shop AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It also could be causing the power steering alert to come on because it is detecting the vibration in the wheel arm for the steering. Good Luck, RAC
it sounds like your ignition switch is failing and when you turn the wheel sometimes the steering lock pin is jolting the switch and making a momentary contact, you should try turning the key to the on position and jumping a 12 volt signal wire from the battery to the small wire on the starter (only until it starts do not leave this connected constantly) to confirm this is the switch for sure check for 12 volts out of the switch in the start position (it may be intermittent also) good luck and please rate -jeff here is your part click here