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Steering wheel is locked and key won't turn? When the car was parked I turned engine off while in drive, I then put it in park and removed key

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Did you try pulling ******* the steering wheel, one way or the other, at the same time trying to turn the key? I have seen steering lock mechanism put a bind on the key cylinder, sometimes, pulling ******* steering wheel allows you to turn the key. I don't know if you have tried that?

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