Question about 1998 Dodge Neon
Jiggling the key & steering column, trying to move the gear shift out of park (cannot push button in to move it), even "bumping" the car by hand to get transmission unstuck.
Turn the wheel until it locks then try bumping it against the lock and away
Posted on Nov 25, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
either you have the wrong key,or try turning the steering wheel to the right all the way,then turn key,this usually happens when you park the vehicle and the wheels are turned,then the steering wheel locks hard
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
check and see if the brake lights are working.....and you need the key on for this....there is a shift interlock tied into the brake switch....if they are not working it will not release the shifter......it is also possible the shifter assembly itself has gone bad
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
SOURCE: ignition lock -98 dodge neon
Sounds like the ignition cylinder is jambed, if you remove the covers and put the key in, you might be able to turn it with pliers, just turn it to the accessories position, then there is a small metal clip that pushes in, push it in and pull the lock cylinder out of place, get a new one from the dealer and reverse to install. If it's above you, your dealer can help, usually about an hours labour or so.
Hope that helps, Good luck
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
Your tumblers are worn. You can "Bump" the lock to get it to work, but this is a very temporary fix. To bump the lock, simply tap on the end of the key with something heavy like a short 2X4 , the heal of a shoe or something similar - while in the ignition while attempting to turn the key to the start position. DO NOT turn the engine back of until you get the car home or to a repair facility.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010
Inside the steering column the ignition switch ties in with the steering and shifter lock. The lock plate will sometimes get off center/ out of alignment especially if the wheels aren't straight. This can make everything lockup. If more jiggling doesn't help, you may have to remove the steering wheel and ignition lock, align or replace the lock plate (if damaged) It could also be that the casing on the ignition lock cracked or broke and part of it has jammed in there.
Posted on Jan 08, 2011
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