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Old 12-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Emergency: STRANDED! Key won't turn in ignition

Key will not turn in ignition. I've jiggled it, turned it over, tried turning wheel all the way, nothing works. Ideas? I'm stranded at the gym at 11pm and I have work in the morning
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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Key will not turn in ignition. I've jiggled it, turned it over, tried turning wheel all the way, nothing works. Ideas? I'm stranded at the gym at 11pm and I have work in the morning
Got it. I followed the guide here
My key will not turn in ignition to start my 2001 - FixYa

Turned wheel hard to the left (counter clockwise) and turned key at the same time. How do I prevent this from happening in the future?
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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This is an anti theft feature. You can't deactivate it, in fact, you're supposed to engage it when you leave the car parked. All cars do this, every single one.
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How do I prevent this from happening in the future?

I always leave my steering wheel pointed straight ahead when I shut off the car to avoid the steering pressure from making the key difficult/impossible to turn (without moving the streering wheel to release the pressure on the key interlock).
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Glad this all worked out well for you!
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:14 AM   #6
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How do I prevent this from happening in the future?

I always leave my steering wheel pointed straight ahead when I shut off the car to avoid the steering pressure from making the key difficult/impossible to turn (without moving the streering wheel to release the pressure on the key interlock).
I'll do that from now on
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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I pull the ignition switch assembly out and cutoff the locking TAB .. lol

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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if this is constantly happening, your ignition switch could be failing. easy DIY if needed.
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