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Steering column won't unlock

Steering column locked and can't turn key from lock to start position

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The front wheels are at a angle putting pressure on the steering lock , rock the steering wheel from side to side while turning the key.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015

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    Lorre Weidlich Mar 29, 2015

    This eventually worked.

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Put the car in neutral and roll it back slightly while you turn the key and pull on the steering wheel.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

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    Lorre Weidlich Mar 28, 2015

    I can't put the car in neutral. The shift is also locked.

  • kingtwomp Mar 28, 2015

    Its fine to leave it in park. The car will only start in park or neutral. Take the e-brake off and get tough with it rolling it back and jimmying the key while you tug hard on the wheel. Your car can handle it, just don't break the key.

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Remove the three screws and remove the lower column cover


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Releasing the lock cylinder retaining pin



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  • Remove the key from the steering column lock cylinder set (1).

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