If the key won't turn either your ignition is worn or your key is worn, or the only other reason is it's dirty and something is sticking. Spray some lube in your ignition and run the key in and out a few times. if it won't turn then go to a locksmith and get them to "code cut a key" that will be original specs on the key. If it doesn't turn then it will need replaced but it has to be in the "on " position to push the retainer to remove it, you will probably need the locksmith to remove it.
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Sounds like a bad spring in the ignition cylinder or the ignition switch itself isn't returning the key and switch to the Run position as it should. Most any auto repair facility can check and replace the switch for you. Note that the ignition lock cylinder (where you put the key in and turn) is NOT the switch. The switch is connected by a linkage up to the lock cylinder. The cylinder moved the linkage and the linkage moves the switch.
It would not hurt to squirt some WD-40 or other spray lubricant in the lock cylinder to see if that resolves the problem. Don't use lithium grease though, only use a light lubricating oil spray, and don't go crazy with it. Just a couple of squirts.
This happens to most power-steering cars when you park your car and the wheels are not pointed straight ahead. When you turn off the car the centering device in the car steering locks hard against steering wheel lock. You have to pull the wheel hard in one direction or the other while attempting to unlock the steering.
I'm assuming you mean your key wont turn in the ignition. first off check to make sure the car is in park. then what you gotta do is put in the key and put a little pressure as if turning but dont turn too hard, then even though the steering wheel is locked you will have to try to move it a little, if you parked with your tires turned then you will want to try to turn the wheel in the same direction, (even locked you should be able to move it about a half inch) you will have to turn the wheel hard but it should move enough to allow the key to turn, you may have to jiggle the key a little in the ignition but it should eventually turn, just remember not to try turning the key too hard, the extra force wont make it go but can cause the key to break. this tends to happen when you turn the car off andthe steering wheel gets locked if the wheels are turned hard in either direction. also if multiple attempts at this still dont work, try taking the key out and turning it over and trying again. Even though both sides of the key are identicle, because of wear on the key and the ignition, sometimes when the wheel locks the ignition, it will only turn if the key is put in a certain way. Hope this helps, good luck
1) The steering is locked to one end, and exerting pressure on the ignition. On extreme cases, very hard wiggling of the steering wheel is required while trying to turn the key. 2) The shifter lever is just slightly out of Park or neutral, and it will prevent the ignition from turning. 3) Ignition switch mechanicals are starting to go bad (very rare)
Hi Jamie, As you turn the key, **** the steering wheel hard side-to-side. The anti-theft interlock between the ignition switch and the steering is just jammed. Happens to all cars from time-to-time, and that's the fix.