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Old 07-13-18, 09:59 PM
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my key will not turn in the ignition switch. Can someone tell me what is going on. Its an aftermarket key that i have had for several years.

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Old 07-13-18, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by gmitchell View Post
my key will not turn in the ignition switch. Can someone tell me what is going on. Its an aftermarket key that i have had for several years.
Just a dumb question, but did you try to wiggle the steering wheel, your car may be in lock position.
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Old 07-14-18, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by gmitchell View Post
my key will not turn in the ignition switch. Can someone tell me what is going on. Its an aftermarket key that i have had for several years.
also, does your spare key work?
please tell us you have another key.
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Old 07-14-18, 05:21 AM
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Sounds like a locked column. With key in ignition try to force turn the steering wheel. Wiggle it back and forth while trying to turn the key.
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Old 07-14-18, 07:07 AM
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Make sure shifter is firmly in “Park”.
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Old 07-14-18, 12:56 PM
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What everyone is saying about "wiggle" is basically to remove the tension that the wheel in its current position is placing on the key cylinder. Personally, I've never heard the fix as "wiggle" but apparently that is common since two other people already posted that. Wiggle implies "side to side" or "back and forth" which I don't think is what you need. I'd describe it as turning the wheel a little bit in the direction opposite the tension, to remove the tension. In other words, turn the wheel in the direction where, if you let go, it would snap back.

But the basic theory is the same. Once you have turned the wheel so that the tension is released, hold the wheel in that position and turn the key.
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What’s happened is, when you remove your key from the cilynder, and if the steering wheel moves either left or right, the wheel will lock. When you re-insert the key, you will not be able to turn it (or it’s very hard to turn), all you need to do is rock (wiggle) your steering wheel a bit, left and right, or just do like Johnny said, hold your steering wheel to one side, the key now can be turned.

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