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Cannot turn the key past position 1 in the steering lock

I cannot turn the key past position 1 in the steering lock

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Hi there
Could be simple.
Try this. the steering wheel should turn ever so slightly to one direction if so turn the steering wheel that way and then try the key, start gently and build up on the wiggle force.
It should just be the steering lock working/not working

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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