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Ignition problem Our Alpha has been difficult to start for about 2 weeks. The fault is mechanical rather than electrical with the lock barrel not turning without a lot of 'jiggling' about. Once this barrier is passed the car has no issue starting. It appears that yesterday I managed to engage the steering lock when parking it in the drive and now, putting the key into the ignition as normal will not even disengage this, let alone turn the ignition (regardless of how much the key is 'jiggled'!)Car is needed tomorrow for work - HELP.

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  • dotty5 May 10, 2009

    Thanks for advice, have tried that but steering still locked!!

  • dotty5 May 10, 2009

    WD40'd no joy!!



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You've tried pulling steering wheel hard from one side to the other while turning key? Always try to avoid shutting vehicle off with wheels turned, keep straight when turning off. Are you parking on a sloped drive by chance? If yes, press hard on brake pedal when trying to turn key, if no luck, try rocking car forward ,back, while trying to turn key.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 10, 2009

    Have you tried spraying some lube such as white lithium grease in key slot, using little red tube and inserting as far as possible? Then work key in & out a few times to get things moving as they should.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 10, 2009

    Tried jamming shifter into park a little more too? I'm just grasping at everything that has worked for me in the past on different vehicles with same problem, hope you understand, but it sounds like you've tried everything already.



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