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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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