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Old 04-22-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Cannot turn key/start car to the right in ignition

hi guys. i could not start my car out of the parking lot today. when i insert the key, i cannot twist it to the right. it is locked somehow. i've tried inserting it with my backup keys but still it cannot move in the ignition. i tried for 2 hrs and my friend finally gave me a ride. my car is still at the parking lot at the gym and i have no idea how to turn it on. has this happened to anyone before? is there something I need to do to get it working? thank you!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
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Have you tried moving the steering wheel while you turn the key? Sometimes it locks and you have to pull down on the wheel!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Wiggle the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:52 PM   #4
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Yup just try and move steering wheel back and fourth it should work then!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:55 PM   #5
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yep....steering wheel locked on ya creating a bind in the ignition. Has happened to me a couple of times. Just turn the wheel in the opposite direction its trying to go. It'll unlock it.



you know he's already on the road to go get it....
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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This happened to me as well. I was mad.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:03 PM   #7
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It freaked me out when it happened. wiggle the steering wheel while turning the key
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:26 PM   #8
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hey guys, it worked!! thank you so much. why does it lock up like that anyways? i didn't do anything when i turned off the car. i just left it in 1st gear with my e-brakes on. why did it just lock up like that?
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:47 PM   #10
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helps with theft. cant start the car by hotwiring it if the steering wheel locks. you might have turned the wheel a little bit after you turned off the ignitions. all the cars i have driven have done it.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:57 PM   #11
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This happens to every car...just don't turn the wheel after stopping the engine. Usually you hear it click when it gets locked.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:30 AM   #12
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If all else fails read the owners manual. It says to turn the wheel if you have trouble turning the ignition key.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:28 AM   #13
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Just curious.......is this your 1st vehicle??
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Just curious.......is this your 1st vehicle??
Hey! Don't pick on him. I've got a white beard and called AAA a few years back when we couldn't get my wife's key to turn.

In my defense, it took both the keyman and myself to turn the wheel to let the lock move. It had gotten bound up on the slight hill the van was parked on.
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Hey! Don't pick on him. I've got a white beard and called AAA a few years back when we couldn't get my wife's key to turn.

In my defense, it took both the keyman and myself to turn the wheel to let the lock move. It had gotten bound up on the slight hill the van was parked on.
If it locks when on a hill, I recommdend bouncing the front end to release the pressure on the system (truck's steering), which will allow you to turn the key. It used to happen on my old civic when I was in high school
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In this guys defense, the wheel is a bitch to unlock.
At least its more difficult than that Camaro I had.
I did figure it out in the first 2 hours though
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:48 AM   #17
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Hey! Don't pick on him. I've got a white beard and called AAA a few years back when we couldn't get my wife's key to turn.

In my defense, it took both the keyman and myself to turn the wheel to let the lock move. It had gotten bound up on the slight hill the van was parked on.
I'm not picking on him, just asked because I noticed the various "how to drive" threads he also started and quite honestly it is slightly scary that he is out there driving on the roads if he has to ask all those questions on a forum. I tend to think people should learn those things from drivers ed or having someone else drive with them and teach them until they are proficient.
My 1st vehicle was a manual transmission and I didn't hit the road alone till I was fully capable of driving it and understood how to drive it. I've also taken the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course along with defensive driving school, so who am I to question his driving skills, just glad he doesn't live near me.
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I'm not picking on him, just asked because I noticed the various "how to drive" threads he also started and quite honestly it is slightly scary that he is out there driving on the roads if he has to ask all those questions on a forum. I tend to think people should learn those things from drivers ed or having someone else drive with them and teach them until they are proficient.
My 1st vehicle was a manual transmission and I didn't hit the road alone till I was fully capable of driving it and understood how to drive it. I've also taken the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course along with defensive driving school, so who am I to question his driving skills, just glad he doesn't live near me.
Wow i just went back through the threads started and it is a little scaryy....
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hey thanks for the help on this situation guys. don't worry i practice driving in empty areas
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hey thanks for the help on this situation guys. don't worry i practice driving in empty areas
No worries. But get yourself a bumper replacement and you might get rid of the red rep square. J/k
Have fun out there man!
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