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2004 GTI ignition problem

I turned my car off and attempted to restart.  I insert my key and cannot get the key to turn on the steering column.  It's as if it is locked.  I am absolutely clueless as to what the issue is.  Can't even turn the key to get my power windows to work.  I only have this one key that came with the vehicle.  I've had the car for over a year and have never had a problem.  Any ideas?

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Turn the wheel as u turn the key the steering colomn locks and i thing it you try to turn the wheel and key at the same time it should take the pressure off the ignition

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