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Steering wheel lock stuck, key won't turn

My 740 wagon has has a lot of problems but this one gets the prize. I was driving as usual and parked the car, shut it off, and went inside for a while. Came back out an hour later to drive home and the key won't even pretend to turn now and the steering wheel is locked. It has an anti-theft device on it that I've always been able to get past- turn the key while rocking the wheel, but now my car is stuck on the other side of town. A friend of mine who thought he could help couldn't figure it out. Why does my key not work anymore and the wheel won't turn at all?

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  • davidjones75 Sep 16, 2008

    The wife parked my '89 760turbo, I went out the following day to drive to work and just could not get the steering lock free, I've tried a good firm shake, i've moved the selector for auto box to check it's not that but the damn thing will not come off, can anyone help?



  • sukhr73 Jan 08, 2009

    stationwagon got locked as I've parked it & can't get the key to turn or moving
    What can i do

  • mountainfolk Mar 28, 2009

    Exactly the same.

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Thank you thank you! This solved my problem. I have a V70 and I parked it on a steep hill and cranked the wheel toward the curb. When I tried to turn the key in the ignition it would not turn and the wheel was in a tightly locked position. Wouldn't budge -or so I thought. The best solution was right. I pulled the wheel INTO the steer and it gave with some resistance as if it was on a spring. That was all I needed to turn the key in the lock.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

Did you try just pulling the wheel to one side? If wheels are turned too far one way mine will lock up like that too - turn INTO the steer and then try to crank. Hope that is all it was! I hate my anti-theft and am tryin to have it completely disables - who is going to steal my '91 volvo???

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

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Try Turning steering wheel hard the direction that the tires are currently headed and turn the key. I have had the lock jam because the wheels were turned and had to lay on the steering wheel to finally get it to turn.

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