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How do i unlock my steering wheel on my 2003 e250 it makes the pinging noise when i open the door but the key is not in it

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Assuming your truck starts and runs fine, then the problem id the Key Warning "Switch" It's really not a switch, but just a copper tab that grounds to the key when it is inserted. It either came unseated and is grounding out on the steering colimn, or brole off and is grounding. You can do a couple of things:

Remove the plastic steering column cover to expose the key tumbler

Then, locate the grounding tab. It is at the end of a small black wire.

Then, either :

1. Clip it back on

2. Tie wrap it back on if the clip is broke.

3. Order a new one from the dealer and replace it.

4. Use electrical tape to keep it from grounding or just snip it off and don't worry about having the Key In chime.

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