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The ignition key won't turn.

I have a 2000 chrysler sebring that the key will not turn in the ignition to start it. Also the steering wheel does not lock which may be a factor. Tryed spare key with no luck.

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There is a collar just behind(towards the front of the vehicle) the keyswitch. If you take a chokehold on this collar and turn it counterclockwise, it should release your ignition. I'm assuming you're not parked on a massive grade with the wheel cut all the way to one side. If thats the case than you've only got to forcefully turn the wheel in the SAME direction of the wheels and that will release the ignition and the wheel.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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It sounds as if the lock and tumbler may be bad. In most cases were you can't turn the key its due to the wheel being in a locked postion and jambed up against the lock itself. In this case though with the wheel that does not lock, its leading me to belive that the tumbler came apart in a mid point of turning, hence no lock and no turn.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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