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Hello, my steering wheel is locked! I tried wiggling the wheel and turning the key and that didnt solve the problem. Let me mention the ignition would not turn over in the first place, even when my car wheel was not locked, actually when the wheel was unlocked , I know eventually the car would have started with more wiggling of the steering wheel. I decided to lock the steering wheel and try to start the "starting of the car process" over. When I locked the car, the wheel would not unlock

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    2014 traverse steering wheel locked up and key will not turn in ignition

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    or can the wheels turn

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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!

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • sjcomtois Aug 27, 2011

    THANK YOU!!!! We tried everything, have a '96 Mercury and I was panicking...thanks sooooo much!!!! That was so easy!!! MY husband started taking out the tools and was going to start taking things apart, it was getting scary...so glad I fixed it so easily, now he will be in awe of me all day!! :) Thanks again!!!

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I had a 96' cavy did the same thing next to the ignition take of the column shield there's a theft chip swap out with another new or used and key from used or new part

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