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I cant get key or steering wheel to turn on my 99 ford contour

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    99 ford contour how do you program the key



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Try turning the steering wheel from side to side as you turn the key.I know there isnt really any wiggle room in the steering now,but you don't need to actually turn the wheel you are just putting enough weight on the wheel to take the load off of the steering wheel locking mechanism which is in a bind right now.

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Let me suggest that you try any other key that you have for that car if you have one, sometimes a key can be bent or twisted & no longer work properly. Secondly, you could just have the steering wheel "pinched" into a tight position so you need to turn it left or right to relieve the pressure while you are attempting to turn the key.(it's just a 1/2 inch of movement or so that you're looking to move it while it is locked) If this fails to release the ignition switch & allow you to turn the key on, then there is something either wrong with the ignition cylinder or the ignition switch. good luck

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(see Figure 1)


Fig. 1: The turn signal flasher is located on the multi-function switch in the steering column
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  2. Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
  3. Pull the flasher from the back of the multi-function switch.

To install:
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  2. Install the column shrouds.
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To install:
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