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My '99 Passat had been operating with no problems until two days ago when we tried to turn the key in the ignition to start the vehicle. Not only did the key not turn, but it seemed that steering wheel was tightly locked....there was absolutely no "play" in the wheel at all. My husband had parked the car on the street and curbed the tires as the street was on a bit of a slope. He's wondering if this problem may be due to the fact that he curbed the tires and at the same time removed the keys from the ignition, creating a "locked" situation. Please advise.

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  • marilynlicht Jul 27, 2009

    Thanks for your reply.



    In the first sentence you advised trying to pull the wheel in both directions while trying to remove the key. To clarify my description of this problem, as I stated my husband did remove the key from the ignition when he initially parked the car and curbed the wheels. (see initial posting). So the problem is not to remove the key, but when we put the key in the ignition, the key will not turn and the steering wheel seems locked.



    Any other assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  • marilynlicht Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you for your reply.



    Unfortunately, I did not receive this in time. I called AAA and they sent out a tow truck for my car.

    The driver was able to unlock the steering wheel and start the car.



    Sorry I got this advice a little too late.

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Your steering wheel is locked in place. You need to put the key into the ignition, then turn the steering wheel more towards the way it is already turned and try turning the key then in the ignition. The steering wheel should move ever so slightly and it should free up the ignition. Let me know how this turns out.



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Did the tow truck driver move the steering wheel and with the key in the ignition, start the car up?

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Try hardly pulling the wheel in both directions while try to reove the key. Also the Shifter lever also plays a big role in the ignition lock. Otherwise last resort would to replace ignition swicth.

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