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Key won't turn in the ignition. Steering wheel not locked in fact it moves tires freely while ignition is in locked position.

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1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal. 2. Remove the crash pad side cover (A).4862483.gif 3. Remove the ignition switch (A) after loosening the screw and disconnecting the 6P connector.e5d4d9c.gif 4. Remove the steering column shaft (Refer to the ST group). 5. Remove the key warning switch and key illumination lamp (A) after loosening the screws and disconnecting the 6P connector.1ceff53.gif 6. If it is necessary to remove the key lock cylinder (A), Remove the key lock cylinder (A) after pushing lock pin (B) with key ON.5d997e5.gif 7. Installation is the reverse of removal procedure

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

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SOURCE: 95 geo prizm steering problem

I just had this very same problem a couple of weeks ago on a '95 Prism. I had the ignition switch replaced. That has solved the issue to this point.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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The steering lock consists of a hardened pin and it may not be releasing any more although it shouldn't interfere with the turning of your key, just your steering unless the Geo is done differently.
If it was mine, I would get a little rough with it and turn the steering wheel hard from left to right while trying to turn the ignition key. 
Even disassembly is not easy since the lock area is supposed to be secure so it cannot be easily defeated.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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I just had this happen to me yesterday with my 2002 Santa Fe. After trying everything (jiggling steeling wheel, shaking the car, you name it we tried it). We got a chain and pulled the car ahead about 2 feet. That didn't seem to do anything but we then pulled up the emergency brake into the lock position and tried to start the car (with the ER brake on) and it worked!!! The steering wheel came unlocked and the car started up. Don't know if it was the pulling of the car that broke something free or if it was the ER brake, but that was what worked for me.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

USfalcon
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try to spray inside the key lock cylinder (the place where u put ur key ) by PB puster or WD40 then turn the steering wheel lift and right with try to turn the key to position on
i hope this will help

Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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Page 2-12 in your operators guide states;

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