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# 1993 ford escort steering column locked and key will not operate

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Try this - as a last resort for ONE TIME only - - if the wheel is turned to the right or left in a hard way or difficult to turn TOWARD the way the front wheels are turned then - have a strong person turn the wheel the SAME WAY as the front tires are pointing - turn it HARD like ur life depended on it and have someone else try to turn the key - if it is just a STRESS thing it will only happen if you take the key out with a too large amount of stress on the steering wheel locking mechanism.
If the above doesn't work - put the key in the ignition - -have someone put a little pressure on the steering wheel the same way the tires are turning - -- if you can - - if not - continue -- get a MEDIUM sized hammer and give it a good wack - - more than you think - yet less than a full blow - give it a wack - - try it - wack it again -

wack it real hard if all else fails - - If this works and you can start the vehicle - chances are slim it will ever do it again - -- - take it to the shop for a new ignition switch before u shut it off - call them even - and they will know what to tell you about where to part etc - -

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This probably isn't the solution, but are the wheels turned at an angle? Some times if the wheels are cut at an extreme angle when the key is turned off, their is rotational pressure on the stering wheel. That pressure may have the steering wheel lock in a bind. Try to turn the steering wheel to relieve this pressure as you are turning the key. Good luck.

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