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The ignition is locked as well as the steering wheel need to unlock ignition

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  • Kryo_Strife Aug 05, 2010

    Have you tried applying pressure to the steering wheel as if turning it left or right and turning the ignition key at the same time?

  • bmisfeldt Aug 05, 2010

    Thank you, problem solved.

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Glad I could help! My 1999 4runner did the same thing to me a couple times. Learned if you applied pressure to the steering wheel it would allow the key to turn.

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