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Ignition when i put the key in ignition, it won't turn. I have turned wheel from side to side and the gearshift is in park. How do I get the ignition switch to turn on?

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Try pushing in on the key while wiggling the wheel

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Why ignition won't turn


By far the most likely reason that one can't turn the key in the ignition is because the car was parked with the wheels turned. There is a security feature that locks the steering when the key is removed to prevent a thief from driving the car.
When the car is parked with the front wheels other than strait, the weight of the car will cause the wheels to try to straiten, If this engages the steering lock pressure is put on the ignition switch.
To start the car, look to see what direction the wheels are pointing. grasp the steering wheel and turn it TOWARD the direction the wheels are turning and now start the car.
Other causes may include wrong key, damaged ignition or other causes that may require a professional.

Aug 16, 2014 | 2009 Nissan Versa

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Locks up


Hi,
1. Ensure the gearshift lever is fully in Park. Put foot on brake and move lever fully into Park and try to turn key.

2. Ensure steering wheel isn't locked. Put key in and turn steering wheel to the left and/or right to see if key will turn.

DO NOT FORCE KEY or it may break!

Td

Nov 06, 2012 | 2001 Lexus LS 430

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Why won't my ignition key turn over and my steering wheel is locked in place at the sametime?


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

Aug 29, 2012 | 2002 Pontiac Montana

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My 2002 tbird won't get out ofnpark


If you cannot move the gearshift lever out of P (Park) with ignition in
the RUN position and the brake pedal depressed:
1. Apply the parking brake, turn ignition key to LOCK, then remove the
key.
2. Insert the key and turn it to OFF. Apply the brake pedal and shift to N
(Neutral). This allows the automatic transmission shift lever to be
moved from the P (Park) position without the brake pedal
depressed.
3. Start the vehicle.
If it is necessary to use the above procedure to move the gearshift lever,
it is possible that a fuse has blown or the vehicle's brakelamps are not
operating properly.

Jul 12, 2012 | 2002 Ford Thunderbird

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The key goes all the way into the ignition but cannot turn either way steering is locked gearshift is in park I need help


Try moving the steering wheel both ways as you try to turn the key. If you parked with the wheels turned, it can put force on the lock pin in the steering column and make it very difficult to turn the key.

Aug 17, 2011 | Plymouth Neon Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2004 Ford Explorer and when you turn the key it won't do anything. I have had the battery, starter, fuses, ignition, and relays all checked and they're all good. I even tried jumping the...


Hello, What you are saying is the starter will turn if you jump the starter Relay. If you want to try this a second time, make sure the Ignition switch is in the RUN position. It should start.

Be sure to have the vehicle in Park. There are some Interlocks in the gearshift and Brake pedal that prevent when certain things happen. When your vehicle is in Park or Neutral, the power wire from the Ignition switch can make a connection to the wire that controls the starter Relay.

But first this wire has to get the okay from the Interlock switch, that the gearshift IS either in Park or Neutral. If this switch is bad or misaligned, the connection will not reach the starter Relay. You need to take off the small wire at the starter Relay and hook up a test light or meter. Then turn your Ignition key to START. The small wire should have power when the key is held in the start position.

If the small wire does not have power, then everything connected to that wire needs to be traced back to the Keyswitch. The cables or rods that move in the gearshift or steering column may be out of adjustment. Not too expensive to correct.

I hope my solution is very helpful to you.

Jul 21, 2011 | 2004 Ford Explorer

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Ignition appears to be stuck...please help..


Check your gearshift position. There are interlocks for the Ignition both with the Brake pedal, the steering wheel, and the gearshift. With your gearshift, if you have an Automatic, there is a trigger to press so the Shifter will move. If the trigger is stuck into the fixture the Key will not come out or the Ignition switch may not turn.

With the steering wheel, sometimes there is pressure from how the front tires where left when the car was parked. The steering assembly is pinched and must be moved to the side that is jammed so the Ignition Key will turn.

The Brake pedal, there are switches under the dash at the top of the brake pedal lever. These must align to let the gearshift move which in turn may free the Keyswitch. They get hit by feet frequently and may need to be replaced or repositioned.

Make sure you are using the right set of Keys and it is possible for the Ignition switch to break inside.

I hope this helps you.

Feb 04, 2011 | Ford Windstar Cars & Trucks

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Unable to unlock ignition switch


Did you park on a hill or in a tight parking spot with your steering wheel cranked to one side?
Try turning the steering wheel (will be very hard to do) as you put the key in the ignition and try to turn the key on, if that doesn't work, try turning the wheel the other way while turning on the key.

Dec 03, 2009 | 2002 Jeep Liberty

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Ignition lock up. cannot turn key when inserted.


Have you tried pulling on your steering wheel at the same time you turn the key? Are you up against a curb? Try pulling it both ways. Push gearshift firmly into park and try it. It could be the safety switch in your counsel is faulty.

Jul 20, 2009 | 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Gearshift is lock in park


need more info but it could be blown fuse back left of hood compartment 20 amp fuse (stop fuse) it works a little selinoid when you step on the brake before you put it in gear then it unlocks the gear shifter it just happened to me 5 min ago

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