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2004 ford focus steering wheel is locked, and I can't turn the key in the ignition

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  • rodney164 Oct 16, 2010

    I tried what you told me, but it still will not work


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You should be able to move the wheel just a hair to unlock the ignition, It is binding up the lock. If that is not the problem, you have 3 locks on there that tie into the transmission, But they have nothing to do with the steering wheel lock, so try to move the wheel and turn the key at the same time, if you still have trouble, get back to me, I'll give you the rest. Hope this helps.

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    Ned White Oct 16, 2010

    Boy, that was quick. What happened to the car that would make the steering wheel lock and not start??/ Is it parked on a curb with the wheel tight on it? The 3 locks on the tranny, should not have any effect on the steering wheel lock, but, you have one in the ignition it self, it is a wire, a mechanical device that pull a physical pin out of the steering wheel, One is on the brake pedal, it is a solenoid that pulls the lock pin out of the shifter, and the third is on the shifter itself, a solenoid that locks the shifter. pedal one prevents it from going into gear with the brake off. So, unless you are hitting the curb, or something snapped in the column itself, with your foot on the brake, and your hand on the wheel and the key, you should be able to unlock the wheel and turn the key at the same time. If you can't, I would say the ignition is busted up top and you need to remove the pin from the steering wheel lock. Or,, check the key, make sure it is the right key, does it have a chip in it?? It is real hard to get in there without knowing how to do it, most people end up wrecking stuff trying to take the ignitions apart. Hope this helps.


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