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Ignition switch will not turn on. Battery is good. Steering wheel is locked, What should we do?

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Quite often that will happen when vehicle parked with wheels turned, and/or vehicle on a slope, so try to avoid that in future.If nothing else, when parked on a slope, stop, keep foot on brake pedal, apply parking brake, put transmission in neutral, then take foot off brake pedal and wait for parking brake to stop vehicle rolling, then shift it into park. When leaving, put foot on brake pedal, shift to drive or reverse whatever direction your going, then release parking brake. Sounds like a lot to remember but you won't have to pull hard on shifter as before, and it could save a lot of money on transmission repairs down the road. Always try to park with wheels straight as well.
Now, with that said, if you parked with wheels turned, try hard to turn steering wheel in same direction wheels are turning, just slightly, as you try to turn key. Sometimes a quick yank in that direction will do it. Also make sure shifter is all the way in park before you try it. If your on a slope try rocking vehicle slightly up slope as you push/pull shift lever in to park and try to turn key at same time. If no luck, try pushing brake pedal real hard and try to turn key. Let me know how it goes.

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SOURCE: 2004 Santa Fe Ignition switch locked

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.

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SOURCE: ignition broken and want to bypass steering wheel lock mechanism-

its not that had to replace the ignition switch, remove the steering wheel, u will need to buy a ighition removal tool, push plate down, remove plate and the switch will slide right out.. go to advanced auto parts and they will tell you all the tools you will need to replace the switch, and they have a loaner tool program, so just buy the tool and take it back and get your money back.. good luck keith...

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SOURCE: Lock steering wheel...Key won't turn in the ignition

Make sure to push the brake firmly with you foot. I do this all the time.

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SOURCE: 2000 Chrysler T&C Ignition Switch Locks up

I used a combination of the above on my 2003 Town and Country but I did it the easy way. I simply placed a screwdriver in the ignition where the key goes and I tapped the screwdriver with a hammer (LIGHTLY). Apparently, this freed the stuck pins and everything works fine now. I then sprayed WD40 into the ignition so it will, hopefully, not stick again.

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SOURCE: My key will not turn my ignition switch. Yesterday

you can look at this website, it may help Tim:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_unlock_a_steering_wheel_It_is_locked_and_the_key_will_not_work

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and after that, attacking the lock it self.???????

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once that is done, its obvious from there, right? that clamp there with the antitamper screws? then must be removed. and replaced new..

a rare car , and even more one that runs....

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  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the combination switch assembly.
  4. Turn the key to the OFFposition, depress the retaining pin and remove the ignition lock cylinder from the switch.
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch.
  6. Remove the snapring and spacer collar from the steering shaft.
  7. Disconnect the back drive cable from the ignition switch.
  8. Remove the ignition switch bolts and the ignition switch from the steering column.


now back in?
  1. Install the ignition switch to the steering column and tighten the bolts.
  2. Connect the back drive cable to the ignition switch.
  3. Install the spacer collar and the snapring to the steering shaft.
  4. Connect the electrical connector to the ignition switch.
  5. Install the lock cylinder into the switch.
  6. Install the turn signal switch screws and the turn signal switch.
  7. Install the four screws and the coil assembly to the turn signal switch.
  8. Connect the coil assembly wiring harness to the turn signal switch.
  9. Install the two piece steering column cover and the two piece steering column cover screws.
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  11. Install the left lower dash trim panel and tighten the lower dash trim panel screws.
  12. Install the lap air deflector and tighten the lap air deflector screws.
  13. Install the knee pad assembly and tighten the five screws, the bolt and the nut attaching the assembly.
  14. Install the engine hood opener cable.
  15. Install the engine hood opener and tighten the two screws.
  16. Connect the electrical connector to the cigar lighter bezel and install the bezel.
  17. Connect the electrical connector to the left switch bezel and install the bezel.
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What is the procedure to changing an keyed ignition lock?


Hi there,

Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.
Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.
Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.

Installation

Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.

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