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The key will not turn to start the engine on my 77 cherokee how do I unlock the steering?

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Wiggle it and turn the ignition at the same time

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I have tried to unlock steering back and forth and turning the key, but it just won't unlock

Hi Neil:
Check the gear shift lever to make sure it is fully in the park position. Then turn the steering wheel to relieve pressure on the key, and try to start the engine. Once it starts, press on the brake pedal, turn the steering towards the resistance, and try to get it out of park.

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turn wheel to right or left while turning the key. and always straighten your wheels to take pressure of the steering column when parking. leaving the wheels turned will cause this problem

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With the key in the ignition turn it to the "Accessories" setting. This will turn the lights etc...on.
With your foot on the brake slightly turn the wheel in the direction that it is already turned to. Turn the key to the "On" position with the steering wheel still slightly turned.
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Steering wheel locked and key will not turn 2000 jeep grand cherokee

First thing you need to try is wiggling the steering wheel back and worth while turning the key to try and unlock the steering column. If the key is worn out it may not turn well in the ignition. Another thing is to lubricate the ignition cylinder. If nothing works, it maybe the ignition cylinder tumbler is worn out and needs to be replaced.

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When i put the key in the ignition it will not turn to start the engine.

Do you have the steerring wheel locked? If so, turn the steering wheel to the direction it is locked. This will take pressure off the locking mechanism, and allow you to turn the key.

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Sounds like the cylinder is broken. I recommend you replace the cylinder and the switch. You will need to purchase special torx keys with holes in the center to remove the switch from the column. Don't lose your old keys as you will need them to unlock the doors when your battery goes dead in the key fob.

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Ignition locked will not turn

easiest way to handle this problem is as you turn the key turn the steering wheel back and forth not real hard bust firm and try and turn the key foward and back at the same time. usually what happens is the little detente inside the column gets stuck just right and stops the tumbler from moving

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Godd afternoon, I have a 1994 Jeep Cherokee,the key will not turn to start the vehicle,it turns enough to unlock steering wheel,but that is it.

The ignition key tumbler is worn out,,,this is a real common problem with these vehicles, quick answer you need to have the ignition lock tumbler replaced.

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