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I have a Kia Rio. The wheel was locked, so I jerked it left and right to unlock it, and I did, but now the key turns to "Start" without actually starting. The battery isn't the problem, since my electronics/lights come on, and it's in park. I don't know what to do.

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  • ajhouse959 May 20, 2011

    I fixed it myself. The advice was completely off.

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It sounds like your ignition cylinder is broken. When the wheel is locked, there is no need to "****" it. You simply turn the wheel to the left, try and turn the key, if the key won't turn, turn the wheel to the right, try and turn the key again. By jerking the wheel, the wheel lock/cylinder must have gotten broken. I don't have the manual in front of my right now, but I believe it is just a matter of pulling the steering column covers off, and then removing the lock cylinder, where the key goes in.

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