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My ignition switch will not turn with the key and now the steering lock is stuck on to

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  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    2001 Sebring. No prior issue with ignition. Now key will not turn, steering wheel, brake and shift are frozen in place. Lights work. Tried unlocking the steering wheel per owner manual, but could not move it.

  • jlc069 Jan 10, 2009

    I had the same problem 1 week ago. Finally we hit the key,kind of hard with a tool, while it was in the ignition and then the key turned over. It has not happened since,,,,but should i have a locksmith change it>

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    Is there a way to have it fix right at home?

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Call a locksmith! Had this same problem. The locksmith was at my door in an hour and only charged $140 -- about 3X less than the dealership wanted!

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

This may help for the key situation.

Try tapping the key with a rubber mallet(right hand) while trying to turn the key(left hand). May need to tap a little harder than you think. Don't hit key at an angle... snap!! May have second person jiggle steering wheel at same time. If that works, call a locksmith, not your dealer. It'll save you 250. Then ask the locksmith to remove the first 3 wafers(tumblers) in the ignition lock cylinder.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 dodge durango ignition switch is stuck in locked position

Your tumblers are worn. You can "Bump" the lock to get it to work, but this is a very temporary fix. To bump the lock, simply tap on the end of the key with something heavy like a short 2X4 , the heal of a shoe or something similar - while in the ignition while attempting to turn the key to the start position. DO NOT turn the engine back of until you get the car home or to a repair facility.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010

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SOURCE: 1998 Wranger Ignition Key Stuck / Steering Column Locked

I have had this same problem on 4 of my Jeeps. A locksmith provided me with two answers.
This key thing happens to me at least once a week.
It is a common problem with Jeeps. 1998 Wrangler, 2007 Cherokee and two 2000 Cherokees all had the issue.


1. Replace the tumbler assembly. $150. USD (Not!)
2. Place the key in the ignition, smartly impact the key on the **** end, end that is sticking out of the ignition. (Harder is not better) strike straight on as to not break the key off. 4 or 5 strikes should fix the problem every time.

FYI - flooding the switch with WD-40 will not fix the issue, it is a tumbler problem.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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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...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Ignition key will not turn

Thanks to the person with the wd40 suggestion. stuff that little red tube right up there and liberally spray. I just had the panic when I went to drive to the store in my 98 town & country and the key didn't turn. I read lots of varying solutions and was ready to get the emergency locksmith out here to replace the barrel and then I stumbled across that suggestion here. It made so much sense...and it worked. The barrel will probably still need to be replaced at some point, but not urgent.
thanks again!

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

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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.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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