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Locked steering wheel

My steering wheel is locked and im unable to turn over my ignition.

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Remove top and bottom of steering colomn co(need torqs 20 driver)then check to see if the ign lock is on a white box aprox2x3 f so purchase a new ign switch with lock and tumbler(should have new key)remove old switch (need tamper proof torqs bit for this)INSTALL NEW SWITCH

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