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2002 Saturn SL1 steering wheel locks

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 spraying WD40 into key hole,then try again.

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If you find this helpful, take a second and rate this solution. I'd sure appreciate it.

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