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1998 Ford Escort steering wheel lock will not unlock. Seems jammed.

Steering wheel lock not locking properly and car will not start. Steering wheel will rotate back and forth but the ignition key won't turn past the first unlocked position. Can this be fixed easily?

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  • Bernie Corrigan Apr 19, 2013

    Fixed it by pulling the top of the steering wheel hard but gently to the left. It went past a little bump and then the key turned and the car started. Had to repeat this three times to get the lock functioning normally again.



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The steering wheel was turned when the key was removed. So when you try to turn on the key, turn the wheel one way and the other way to release the pressure on the key. The key should turn ok.
Hope this helps.

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Mine got stuck and I took off plastic covers around my ignition and tapped on the bottom with a hammer and it came unstuck

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SOURCE: steering wheel locked. How do i unlock it?

go to mitchelldiy online for complete instructions. As far as we know your a thief asking for a nontraceable instructions on how to steal a car. Mitchelldiy will want a credit card and 10 bucks. This way were not liable.

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SOURCE: steering wheel locked. How do i unlock it?

Try wiggling the steering wheel while turning the key. If that does not work the locking device has broken apart inside the column and will need to be town down to inspect

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