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My key gest stuck in my 2001 Toyota corolla. Sometimes I can get it out by turning it on/off or by moving the steering wheel back and forth until it comes out.

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2001 subaru outback key will not release,car will not start,car in park


Press the brake, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth, and turn the key,sometimes the pin that locks the steering wheel gets stuck if the car is shut off with the wheels in a bind. I hope this is helpful.

Mar 30, 2015 | 2001 Subaru Outback

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Key will insert but it is in lock position and will not turn over into any other position so I cant start the car. Toyota Corolla 2005, is there a way to lock it somehow?


I know it sounds a bit silly, but have you tried jiggling the key? ... that MIGHT help (it worked in my 95 Corolla when the same issue happened). If you have another key available (one that is not used as much) that could work too ... sometimes the key itself wears down, so the key does not fully depress all of the locking cylinders in the ignition. In other words, if the key is used a lot, it might be too worn out to work right, in which case you can get a new key and it should work just fine (this is what had happened in my 95 corolla)
If this is not working, and even with a less worn out key, the key is still locked in the "Lock" position, try turning the steering wheel back and forth a bit as you are turning the key. There is a safety mechanism in Toyotas that prevents the car from being used without the key (prevent hot-wiring) ... If the key is out of the ignition, and you turn the wheel, it locks up the ignition switch and the steering wheel of the car. Sometimes this mechanism gets stuck as well, and keeps you from being able to start your car. Moving the steering wheel back and forth as much as it will allow (usually only a couple of inches) should help to unlock your ignition and get you on your way.
Finally ... the locking mechanism of the ignition switch (what I was talking about in the last paragraph) sometimes breaks, and causes your car to remain locked, no matter what you do. In this case, you will need to go to a mechanic and replace the key / lock unit. It is not terribly expensive to have this done, but it means replacing all of your keys and spares ... DON'T FORGET TO REPLACE THE SPARES, TOO if you are going to go this route.

May 23, 2011 | Toyota Corolla Cars & Trucks

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Ignition key will not turn


Try locking the steering wheel and then moving it back and forth while trying to turn the key. This usually works, but the reason it is doing that is because you either need a new key, or you need to get a new key ignition. Start by replacing the key first, it is cheaper and is a much easier fix.

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2001 Chrysler T&C LT 3.8L FWD Steering wheel and shifter is locked and key will not turn from the off position. Have tried turning the wheel in either direction while trying to turn the key. Have...


Did you pull ******* the steering wheel on the direction that it is locked? Usually rare... But I have seen the springs go bad with the tumblers in the key cylinder. You could attempt to thump under the key cylinder to attempt to bounce the tumblers while moving the key back and forth.

Jun 07, 2017 | 2001 Chrysler Town & Country

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Key won't turn


Well sometimes you can wiggle the steering wheel back and forth even when wheel is locked just apply moderate pressure and try to wiggle steering wheel back and forth and at same time use your other hand and try to jiggle the key to the on position.

Apr 08, 2010 | 2001 Chrysler Town & Country

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The ingnition won't turn and the sterring wheel is not locked. what can i do?


ive had that happen before and usally if you move the steering wheel a little or flip the key over and try again it usally works the steering lock sometimes dosent line up and the key wont turn

Oct 24, 2009 | 2001 Toyota Corolla

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I have an 86 4runner with the steering wheel locked


turn the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key @ the same time

Oct 03, 2009 | 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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The ignition key is stuck in my 2001 Toyota Corolla


The ignition on Toyota cars sometimes requires you to push the key down into the keyhole while turning it towards the 'LOCK' position.

If you have trouble moving it to this position, you can try turning the steering wheel at the same time, or jiggling the wheel left and right.

In case you are still unable to remove the key, you may have a defective ignition key cylinder, and this may need replacement.

Hope this helps.

Jun 27, 2009 | 2001 Toyota Corolla

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My Key is stuck in my 1997 Pontiac grand am and wont come out. How can we get it out?


does it move at all ? if it does turn it to the on position and back a couple of times. Then turn it to off. press in on the key and move the steering wheel as much as you can. Then try to pull it off while moving the steering wheel as much as you can back and forth.until the key comes out.

Nov 30, 2008 | Pontiac Grand Am Cars & Trucks

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