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Hello , I have a 2002 Buick Century (custom) and I'm experiencing steering wheel problems. My car started up as usual (but I didn't give it time to warm up) as I started to drive , I had to turn left. As I started to turn left , my wheel became really hard to turn ... so I turned it as much as I could (trying not to go over the curb / run into it.) After I completed the turn , the steering wheel was locked and the entire car wouldn't move. I tried pushing down on the brake and accelerator , but those were also hard . I put the car in drive and pushed down on the accelerator to see if it would move / rev up and it didn't even rev up , nor did it begin to drive. After that I turned the car off (with the steering wheel still being all locked up how it was) in hopes of just putting the key back and everything would be functional again , but that lead to deeper problems. After I did that , it wouldn't start up at all!! It sounded as if it wanted to turn over , but nothing happened. What's wrong with my car? Please help.

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Have the battery tested as sounds like a complete electrical failure at best , if battery ok then i'd check the timing belt hasn't broken , if this is ok then the drive belts for the steering , alternator etc , this really needs to been seen to give a specific diagnosis , get a mechanic for an hour and get a diagnosis and quote , hope this is of help

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