When you turn the car off and pull the key out of the ignition, the steering wheel locks. When you go to start the car the next time, you should be able to move the steering wheel from side to side and it unlocks and allows you to turn the key. Mine is stuck and will not turn no matter how much I turn the steering wheel. It takes me an average of about 10 minutes of trying to get the key to turn. What is wrong and how can I fix this? Thanks!
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Try turning the steering wheel to the lock position, in either direction, while you try to turn the key. This is a common issue. There is torque from the steering wheel column that is binding the lock cylinder.
Have you tried turning the steering wheel while turning the key? I know you said it's locked, but they usually have a little play in them, sometimes when it's turned as far as the lock will let it the ignition will be put in a bind. If that doesn't help the only other option I can think of would be to replace the ignition set yourself, you'll get new keys and save yourself a trip to the dealer.
It was very likely that the problem turning the key was due to the steering column lock mechanism. Sometimes when you lock the steering wheel, if you the mechanism will bind up, making it difficult to unlock the ignition with the key. Often when this happens, you will be parked on a hill with your wheels agains a curb or some such item. Once you turn the wheel hard to the right (or left), the pressure is released on the locking mechanism, and the key will turn easily. This is a similar situation to what can happen in an automatic if you park on a hill without the parking brake. try doing this: pop the off the circle piece around the ignition and the holster cover under the steering wheel. that ought to work.
try turning the steering wheel side to side whilst turning the key. If that dies not help, you may need to replace the cylinder, but on the S-Series, you are probably just in need of a key. if your key is really worn all around, get another one made at the dealership (bring your title) and they can cut you a new one from the VIN of the car, rather than from a worn out key.
Get new key cut at dealer then insert into ign, Use object to tap strait in several times then jiggle key and rock steering wheel at same time.if this does not work will rquire new cylinder and housing.
I have a Saturn too. Happens all the time. The last time you turned the vehicle off the wheel was turned one way or the other. When the steering locked, the wheel trying to center itself put a lot of tension on the key cylinder.
The Fix: Which ever way the wheels are facing (however slightly), turn the wheel a little more in the same direction while trying the key. It will only take the slightest movement of the wheel to release the tension and allow the key to turn.
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