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Cannot get the key to turn engine on without really trying to turn the steering wheel - now happening daily.

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Do you mean to unlock it beause its got hard & when you move the steering wheel it unlocks!
if so its because the steering column where the lock mechanism fits is worn or has burrs on it from all the use its had over time!

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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