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« on: August 31, 2009, 09:08:02 PM »

Hi Today I had a issue when I put my key in the ignition, the key would not turn..I tried 5 times and no luck it was almost like it was locked finally after the 6 try I tried as hard as I could and I was able to turn the key. This also happen to me last month but only got stuck once so I never thought to much about it, has anyone had this issue or heard of it. It would be hard to duplicate at the dealer as it seem to happen twice in the 60 days I have owned the car....any ideas


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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 09:17:06 PM »

Hi Today I had a issue when I put my key in the ignition, the key would not turn..I tried 5 times and no luck it was almost like it was locked finally after the 6 try I tried as hard as I could and I was able to turn the key. This also happen to me last month but only got stuck once so I never thought to much about it, has anyone had this issue or heard of it. It would be hard to duplicate at the dealer as it seem to happen twice in the 60 days I have owned the car....any ideas


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Was the wheel left straight or turned?  Sometimes that happens when it's turned.  I always make sure the wheel is left straight.  Also less stress on the cv joints etc.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 09:18:40 PM »

Only things I thought were the steering wheel was locked or the car wasn't in park.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009, 09:25:17 PM »

Only things I thought were the steering wheel was locked or the car wasn't in park.

car was indeed in park but what does that mean steering wheel locked? how do you know when the steering is locked?

I just don't want it happening to me again when its below zero any help would be great Cheers
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 09:27:23 PM »

Was the wheel left straight or turned?  Sometimes that happens when it's turned.  I always make sure the wheel is left straight.  Also less stress on the cv joints etc.

I always leave the wheels straight-- never paid attention to the steering wheel though if it was straight or not-could that cause a problem
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2009, 09:30:58 PM »

A lot of people don't know but you can lock your steering wheel by either turning it left or right. It will lock you will feel it. To release it you have to turn your steering wheel the key in the ignition at the same time. That could be it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 09:32:52 PM »

A lot of people don't know but you can lock your steering wheel by either turning it left or right. It will lock you will feel it. To release it you have to turn your steering wheel the key in the ignition at the same time. That could be it.

ok thanks I will pay attention next time and make sure I do not lock my steering any ideas why it is designed like this?
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 09:34:42 PM »

For me it's been that way since the Flintstones! My First car had it. A few decades ago!
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 09:41:03 PM »

ok thanks I will pay attention next time and make sure I do not lock my steering any ideas why it is designed like this?

With the key removed the steering column is locked as an anti-theft measure.  When there's pressure against the locking mechanism from the tires it sometimes binds the key.  I've had this same issue with many cars I've owned, but a quick tug on the steering one way or another releases the pressure and allows the key to turn. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009, 09:54:54 PM »

With the key removed the steering column is locked as an anti-theft measure.  When there's pressure against the locking mechanism from the tires it sometimes binds the key.  I've had this same issue with many cars I've owned, but a quick tug on the steering one way or another releases the pressure and allows the key to turn.  

but how do you move the wheel if the key will not turn its bizzare. I take it there is a little play in the steering in order to get out of this situtation next time. I just don't want to break my key if it happens again. It was a pretty scary feeling to me. Help
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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2009, 10:36:14 PM »

but how do you move the wheel if the key will not turn its bizzare. I take it there is a little play in the steering in order to get out of this situtation next time. I just don't want to break my key if it happens again. It was a pretty scary feeling to me. Help

Exactly, there is a little play in the steering when it's locked, if you release the tension of the steering wheel lock by moving the wheel, even ever so slightly it will allow you to turn your key. 
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 10:37:29 PM »

Just apply a slight pressure to turn the key at the same time that you rock the steering wheel back and forth,(or left and right). The wheel should move an inch or two in both directions, and the key should turn. You should not have to apply any more pressure to turn the key than you would normally apply. This is a fairly common problem, or event, in most vehicles. Don't panic if it happens again.
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 10:49:33 PM »

thanks everyone thumbs up I feel much better now this board is the best Cheers
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2009, 08:05:33 AM »

This happens to me all the time.  A quick turn of the steering wheel back and forth does the trick.  Annoying though, as I've gotten used to the non-locking wheel on my 99 Grand Am.
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2009, 10:19:37 AM »

Just a bit of steering wheel movement to release any binding pressure will suffice.  You don't need to get drastic with it.
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2009, 12:37:33 PM »

I used to have any even more annoying chronic problem with an 01 Grand Prix - key wouldn't come out after you shut off engine.  A bit of an inconvenience.  I finally figured out there was a release under the steering column that you could reach with a finger.
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2009, 04:03:42 PM »

Just a bit of steering wheel movement to release any binding pressure will suffice.  You don't need to get drastic with it.

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