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The key will not turn in the ignition. The

The key will not turn in the ignition. The steering is not locked and it is in park. Any other causes?

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You have bent tumblers inside the lock cylinder. A replacement will be needed for this repair. The old one is unuseable since the tumblers are stuck inside and the key does not turn it no longer

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For most cars and trucks the steering wheel must be locked for the key to turn. try pushing the brake and turning the steering wheel from one side to the other. once the wheel locks the key should turn and then u can start the truck.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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GM has had problems with the ignitions they use for years. Only option is to replace the tumbler assembly (ignition switch). If you have security installed theirs a special procedure to relearn the key.

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The steering locks don't necessarily engage when the key is removed, I always turn the wheel before exiting to engage it. There are several positions that will allow the pin to lock in but if between these, it may seem that it isn't locked.

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sprey some dw40 into the lock cylinder and try again.
you may have to wait a little while or repeat the porces several times, it will turn......

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either you have the wrong key,or try turning the steering wheel to the right all the way,then turn key,this usually happens when you park the vehicle and the wheels are turned,then the steering wheel locks hard

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heat it up with a hair dryer

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Key will not turn in ignition


Probably because your steering lock is activated, if not then you have forced the ignition too much and it needs to be replaced.

Try the following:
Insert Key in ignition
Turn Steering Wheel to left side as much as it can when engine isnt started (apply some force), then try to see if key will turn in ignition.

If it doesn't work: Try same maneuver but turn Steering Wheel to the right instead.

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things you can try:
steering wheel lock: (the pin gets a "burr" on it and locks everything up) wiggle steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn key.

transmission lock (parking on an incline will jam up the interlock)
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