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Cannot turn key/start car to the right in ignition

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bluejays, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Apr 22, 2009 at 8:42 PM
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    bluejays

    bluejays [OP] Well-Known Member

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    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!
     
  2. Apr 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM
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    Rippin101

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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!
     
  3. Apr 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Wiggle the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2009 at 8:52 PM
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    TEX357

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    Yup just try and move steering wheel back and fourth it should work then!
     
  5. Apr 22, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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    GoBlueFan

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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.:cool:



    you know he's already on the road to go get it....:gossip:
     
  6. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:01 PM
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    Untamed_SS

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    This happened to me as well. I was mad. :(
     
  7. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    It freaked me out when it happened. wiggle the steering wheel while turning the key
     
  8. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:26 PM
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    bluejays

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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?
     
  9. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:29 PM
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    I had the same problem the day I bought my taco. I couldn't even drive it off the lot! I had to run inside and ask and felt like a total idiot when they told me. :D
     
  10. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:47 PM
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    itzdaREV

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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.
     
  11. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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    tacoholic

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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.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2009 at 4:30 AM
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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. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Apr 23, 2009 at 5:28 AM
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    Just curious.......is this your 1st vehicle??
     
  14. Apr 23, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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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.
     
  15. Apr 23, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    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
     
  16. Apr 23, 2009 at 4:12 PM
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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
     
  17. Apr 24, 2009 at 12:48 AM
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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. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Apr 24, 2009 at 1:01 AM
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    Wow i just went back through the threads started and it is a little scaryy....
     
  19. Apr 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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    hey thanks for the help on this situation guys. don't worry i practice driving in empty areas
     
  20. Apr 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM
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    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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