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What can cause wheel to lock but when u place the key inside the ignition its not unlocking the wheel it still in the lock mode

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I think from what you are saying the wheels are turned enough that they are putting load on the steering wheel. When you get ready to turn the key on - turn steering wheel left or right a little (you will feel which way is hard against lock) enough to get load off lock with your arm strength and then the key should turn fine. This can happen when you parked on hill or had wheel turned when shutting down car.

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