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89 F250 lariat steering locked and key will not turn. Cannot get key to turn to start engine or even to accessory the other direction.

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Try putting turning pressure on the steering wheel both right and then left as you are trying to turn on the switch. Some times the steering lock will put pressure on the switch, making it difficult to turn switch on.

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