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Can't turn key in the ignition

The key, the steering wheel and the shift lever all seem stuck and I can't get the key to even turn

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The steering wheel lock in the column is causing this problem, sometimes you can you can turn the wheel back and forth to releive the pressure being applied. Other than that the column will have to come apart, and this is a job for a technician.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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either you have a problem with the cable that connects the gear lever to the ignition or the steering lock has broke inside.But i seem to think that its more likely to be the cable

Posted on Nov 01, 2009

Testimonial: "I disconnected the battery to prevent possible electrical problems, and when I reconnected it, I started the car, turned it off, and removed the key. "

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