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Steering Wheel Locked-- Key won't turn

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February 18th, 2009, 1:21 PM   #1  
Steering Wheel Locked-- Key won't turn

Here the scoop, not sure what exactly happened but my van was in drive but I was not moving, I went to go and turn the wheels to the left my girlfriend decided she didn't want to leave so she turned off the van but couldn't remove the key so she slammed the shifter up (not sure if it made it to park) and she pulled the key out.

So the steering wheel is locked, I think it is in park but I cannot get the ignition to turned at all. I have tried moving the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key, also tried spare key but nothing

Is there a way to unlock the steering???
Thank you

Last edited by FlyinLow; February 18th, 2009 at 1:22 PM. Reason: spelling
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February 18th, 2009, 5:21 PM   #2  
sounds like the steering wheel lock is engaged. Pull very hard one way and try to turn the key, if it doesn't work, try puliing very hard the other way while turning the key.

Get us the year of the van and we can help you a little further if need be.

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February 19th, 2009, 12:25 AM   #3  
Also Try to force shifter up all the way even if it appears to be in park while jerking steering wheel and turn ignition its just jammed up this is going to be one of those things where your just playing around with it untill it comes un done

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