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The steering wheel column is locked and the key will not turn.

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Try turning the wheel to the left while turning the key. note it won't turn far but should move a little

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

  • mcculloughj Apr 09, 2011

    Already tried that. Jiggled the steering wheel back and forth and the key won't budge.

  • kflets Apr 10, 2011

    alright heres all i have, try shifting it out of park and into neutral and trying again then back into park. if that doesn't work try putting a lot of force on the wheel. hope it works

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

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