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Steering wheel is locked nd wont unlock even with

Steering wheel is locked nd wont unlock even with key in ignition. seems to have power. any way to unlock steering wheel?

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Typically, the steering is preloaded. This happens when car is turned off with some steering assist being applied (whether you know it or not).

Often you have to manhandle the wheel in one direction or the other while turning the key.

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