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03 suburban steering wheel unlocked and can't turn key

My stearing wheel is un-locked and i can't turn the ignition key. Anyone seen this before???

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  • bwelling Aug 22, 2008

    my stearing wheel is un-locked and i can't turn the ignition key. Anyone seen this before???

  • Anonymous Sep 10, 2008

    steering unlocked, can't turn ignition

  • Kelly E Oct 25, 2008

    Please help - my 2003 Z71 key will not turn in the ignition lock and the steering wheel WILL turn full right and full left.  I see other people with this problem...does anyone have an answer?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    same year model sub, same problem...looks like the '03 cylinders got a problem.

  • guest8500 Nov 28, 2008

    I have a 2004 suburban and the stering wheel is not locked and the ignition will not turn. I have tried two different keys...

  • Tony Panameno
    Tony Panameno Dec 15, 2008

    i have the same problem on my chevy silverado 2003 i think its a faulty ignition because know my key turns but my steering wheel is still unlocked...............

  • sastram Dec 24, 2008

    I have an 04 suburban and I'm starting to get a buzzingb sound in the rear end when the key is turned (before the engine turns over)  and after the car has started. Anyone know what that is?

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    04 suburban, unlocked column key wont turn. Dealer wants a fortune. Very disgruntal.



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Jiggle the steering wheel straight then proceed to turn key the steering column gets locked and immobile try that guys/ Please rate my response thank you very much

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now it is going to be tight so you will need some force to turn the steering wheel as the force from the tyres will be quite alot so you will need to use force to work the steering wheel left and right whilst turning the key.

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