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The ignition key will not turn unless the steering wheel is pulled hard and yanked on and now not even that is working

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    Ignition switch will not turn in either direction. Steering wheel also locked. How to get this free to start engine?

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The steering wheel lock in the column is causing this problem, sometimes you can you can turn the wheel back and forth to releive the pressure being applied. Other than that the column will have to come apart, and this is a job for a technician.

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