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Key will not turn in igniton won't turn either direction, and steering wheel will not lock

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Why won't my ignition key turn over and my steering wheel is locked in place at the sametime?


I'm assuming you mean your key wont turn in the ignition. first off check to make sure the car is in park. then what you gotta do is put in the key and put a little pressure as if turning but dont turn too hard, then even though the steering wheel is locked you will have to try to move it a little, if you parked with your tires turned then you will want to try to turn the wheel in the same direction, (even locked you should be able to move it about a half inch) you will have to turn the wheel hard but it should move enough to allow the key to turn, you may have to jiggle the key a little in the ignition but it should eventually turn, just remember not to try turning the key too hard, the extra force wont make it go but can cause the key to break. this tends to happen when you turn the car off andthe steering wheel gets locked if the wheels are turned hard in either direction. also if multiple attempts at this still dont work, try taking the key out and turning it over and trying again. Even though both sides of the key are identicle, because of wear on the key and the ignition, sometimes when the wheel locks the ignition, it will only turn if the key is put in a certain way. Hope this helps, good luck

Aug 29, 2012 | 2002 Pontiac Montana

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Key in ignition won,t turn 2004 ford escape


several things, does key go in and out easily, turn steering wheel in both directions while turning key. sometimes the steering wheel lock binds the lock cylinder and turning wheel releases the pressure and it will turn. other than that the ignition cylinder is jammed, wet key lightly with lubricant such as wd-40 and a light bit in key hole and try key again, If key is heavily worn out , try a different ignition key as it might not be disengaging all the tumblers in lock, if all this fails you need a new cylinder.

Jun 09, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Steering wheel is locked on my 95 ford f150 xl..it starts and goes into gear but the steering wheel won't move..it is locked


you can break the lock by pulling down on the steering whell very hard. or if your ignitons swith is bad you have to get a new one

Nov 13, 2011 | 1995 Ford F150 Styleside Regular Cab

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My steering wheel locks up when I put it in park, and when I try to restart it, it won't crank. The key won't turn. What do I need to do?


grab the steering wheel and turn it left or to the right and sometimes you might have to put a little effort in it but one way the steering wheel will move about 1-2" and as you are moving it with one hand take the other hand and turn the key and it should turn a lot easier.this is a common thing and if you can try to have the wheels straight and try not to use the steering wheel to get in or out of the vehicle and the wheel should not lock and make it so hard on you.you have to use both hands at the same time one moving the wheel and the other one turning the key but start moving the wheel in the in direction that it moves the most then turn the key.

Jun 17, 2011 | 1999 Toyota Sienna

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MY KEY WONT TURN ONCES ITS IN THE IGNITON


try turning the steering wheel and key at the same time or look on the steering wheel collume for a button to push or push the and turn the key. it kinda seems like the lock is stuck or worn out witch means that the ignition switch should be replaced.

Dec 12, 2010 | Dodge Neon Cars & Trucks

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How do you get a stearing colum unlock and the


hi if the problem is that the lock has locked and wont free when you try and turn the ignition on then what you should try is turning the steering wheel from left to right as hard as you can whilst you try turning the key, the problem is usually that the lock is under pressure from the tyres trying to turn the steering wheel so with this pressure on the lock the key just wont turn so you need to try and release this pressure so that the key will turn and unlock the lock.

so hold the steering wheel tight and turn it left using a bit of pressure whilst you keep trying to turn the key dont hold the key in the same possition as this wont free the lock keep turning the key on and off so that it resets and this should then allow the lock to free and you should be able to start your car, if turning the steering wheel left dont work then try right and repeat with the key on and off until the lock is off and the steering is free.

now it is going to be tight so you will need some force to turn the steering wheel as the force from the tyres will be quite alot so you will need to use force to work the steering wheel left and right whilst turning the key.

now if this still dont work then this will either mean you have a problem with the key or the actual ignition barrel has got a fault if this is the case then your going to need to get a new igniton barrel, the part the key goes into before the lock will free itself, all you need to do to remove the barrel is to remove the cover from the steering wheel surround and then you will see how the barrel comes out of its surround but dont do this until you have a new lock in case you forget how you got it apart.

the chances are the lock is just stuck and working the steering wheel left then right as far as you can will free it up if it dont then you can also try jacking the 2 front wheels off the floor like put the car on stands then try turning the steering left and right to unlock the ignition doing it this way releases the pressure from the tyres and should make it easier to unlock the steering.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

May 23, 2010 | 1996 GMC Jimmy

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Can't turn ignition key and steering wheel in


Play around with the steering wheel. Also jiggle the ignition key switch while doing this. It should eventually free up yiour igniton.

Feb 03, 2010 | 2000 Hyundai Accent

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My key won;t turn in the ignition> The wheel


Try this -
Turn the steering wheel HARD - in the same direction the wheels are pointing - have a strong person do this - while you try to turn the key WITH the foot on the brake and the car in park or neutral.
This releases the pressure on the steering column.

Please let me know if this workd
Gary
riceski@gmail.com

Jan 28, 2010 | 2002 Saturn L-Series

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Cannot get key to turn in a 98 Ford Windstar


Wait!
the steering wheel may be "BINDING" the lock mechanism.

Try to turn the key while moving the steering wheel clockwais or counter-clockwise.

Sep 13, 2009 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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