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The steering wheel is locked and the key wont turn. We've tried shaking and moving the wheel, but it hasn't yet worked.

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Are you parked with your wheels against a curb? Sometimes that can put a lot of pressure on the steering wheel lock and make it hard to release. Sometimes you can lift the wheels off the ground to relieve that pressure to unlock it.

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Posted on May 27, 2011

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