I have a 2000 plymouth neon, the key will not turn. This has happened a few times and usually after moving the steering wheel and turning the key back and forth it will work, this time it did not. Any ideas?
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Re: Key will not turn
Try rotating the steering wheel to one side while turning the key, then the other. if that dos not work, can you put the key in the oher way? if still not work, try your other key. key may be worn. other wise it's new lock cylinder time.
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many times when you park, the auto lock is turned just a tad , over turned ./ grabbing the wheel and moving back and forth will usually let you turn the key...... sometimes you just have to torque on the steering wheel , to get the key lock to come out of the // overturned / torque / position.....
Make positively sure that the transmission shifter is fully in park. If you can move the shifter without turning the key then it is not locked in park. If you can move it try shifting to neutral and see if key will turn. Also, try turning steering wheel hard in both directions banging it against the column lock while trying to turn the key.
Do you have more than one key?
Put key in and jiggle it back and forward while moving the steering wheel for and against the tension of the lock. It is easier to do than explain. Try with both keys if you have another. The lock is probably worn and the tension of the steering lock is preventing the pins in the lock from loosening into the place which frees the key to turn.
If that fails you will need to have the lock replaced.
well hate to be the bearer of bad news but that is exactly what needs to be done. try turning the key and forcefully moving steering wheel from side to side. if needed get someone to help you moving the wheel but you must be turninf the key at the same time in order to unlock. this is common and happens when you turn the wheel while key is in the off posoition or out of ignition, perhaps grabbing on steering wheel while entering or exiting vehicle. good luck.
the steering wheel will lock up in 3 or 4 positions after you take out the key,so turn the wheel into the kerb slightly(or any other position you like) and then remove key.when the wheel locks up you only need to wiggle it one way or the other to release the lock when trying to turn the key.
without taking the steering column apart, I would first try to get the key out of the steering wheel by turning steering wheel back and forth, don't worry about putting some effort into it. keep the steering wheel moving and turn the key back and forth at the same time. It might take some time but its the only way to get the key out of lock position.