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Unable to turn the key in the ignition (locked)

The batterey is dead (ignition was left in the accessory position too long). We attempted to jump it but the key won't turn in the ignition (stuck in the locked positon). When we attatch the jumper cables it gives us lights and bells but we just can't turn the key to the start position.

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  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    3 times for no reason when you put the car into park and attempt to get the key from the ignition it won't come out. was the ignition/starter problem covered under warranty but now it has happened for third time and they say they can't find out the problem. Go figure! Call corporate to report as I have and they are documenting these cases as obviously to me there is a problem. I know of one other person who had the same problem.

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I had the same problem was my cable had corrosion on them once I got that cleaned off my truck started with no problems

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Try wiggling steering wheel very hard back and forth while trying to turn ignition on it may be jammed and needs turned back and forth to break it loose

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