I have noticed over the last several months that if I completely lock the steering column after I shut off the car, it takes some jiggling to turn the key enough to get the car started. If I were running errands, I wouldn't bother locking it up, but when I park the car at night I typically will because otherwise you can hop in and turn on the car without a key. Scary
So, last night, I locked it up as usual, but now I can't jiggle it enough to get the dame thing unlocked.
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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.
Wheel straight and flat surface? Any torque on the steering column can cause the lock to resist being turned. Try twisting the steering wheel. L and R while turning the key.IT might also be that the lock cylinder has thrown a pin
Does your vehicle have a security system? If so, it might need reset. This would cause it to lock up. Try moving the steering wheel back and forth, left to right, while you are trying to turn the key. You might be able to get it unlocked this way. Your steering column may have locked up. If not, you may need to get a new ignition switch. I would try moving it back and forth. Don't be afraid to give the steering wheel so major pressure. Hope this helps.
Remove the lower steering column cover and check to see if the rod from the ign. lock and tumbler to the ignition switch is binding up. If it's ok, you're problem may be the bearing under the steering wheel being broken.
curious, i've seen this before but not whith this kind of car. if you park with the steering wheel turned to one side or the other, when you shut the car off, the power steering also shuts off. this could be putting pressure on the steering wheel when it locks off. next time, before turning off the motor, aim the wheels straight ahead first. be sure the steering wheel is straight on before you turn the engine off. this time, when you turn the motor off, the power steering will not be a factor. hopefully it eliminate the problem.
With the key in the ignition, tap on the key with something heavy like a pair of pliers, screwdriver etc. It will cause the pin inside the mechanism to drop, and the iginition will turn. Happened to me today, worked like a charm.