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Starter locked and steering wheel wont move.

When I put the key into the starter, it wont move and the steering wheel is locked up. How do I fix it?

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Have you tried pulling the steering wheel to either side as you turn the key and then wiggling the steering wheel back and forth

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Try turning the wheel first of all and see if the key will turn or come out first. If not the tumbers inside the lock are tweaked causing the key to bind and stick inside of it. The only solution for this is to replace the ignition cylinder and key

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