The steering and ignition will become locked on a 97 Chevy Cavalier if the key is not inserted into the ignition and turned. This helps to prevent theft.
Try wiggling the steering wheel
There is a broken wire below your shifter in the console. This controls a solenoid that releases the key. The shifter in the center consle has a part that controls a current to solenoid in your steering column. A quick fix is a nail or piece of wire to release the key. This is in the steering column. There is a pop out that must pushed in to release the key. A longer term fix to replace the part in the shifter.
Your key could be worn. Try moving your steering wheel while turning the ignition. If the locked steering is in a bind the key will not turn over.
Your steering column is locked. how do you fix it
RESET THE ALARM
So it would seem. If the ignition is in the column it may also be jammed by the steering wheel lock. Try turning the steering wheel and holding it while turning the ignition key.
Could have something to do with the shifter not going all the way in to park. The key may be excessively worn, the pin that locks the steering wheel may be hung up, the lock and tumbler may be bad....
There may be something jammed inside your ignition. If this is not the problem then you will need to have a new ignition installed.
You can't, you have to replace the ignition switch
It is very possible that your steering wheel is locked. You may also be having a problem with your ignition system.Ê
Call a locksmith or take the VIN to a VW dealer with proof of ownership and get a key made.
Checked to see if your steering wheel is locked. If not, then your problem is the tumblers. Replace the mechinical ignition switch. Cause- Having too many keys hanging with the ignition key.
make sure the steering wheel isn't locked
You probably just need to turn the steering wheel slightly.
I found that if you pull the steering wheel all the way to the right, even if the steering wheel is locked, then insert your key, it will turn.
you need to replace your ignition in the steering column or take it apart and rebuild it. having a locksmith work on it might cost you less then replacing it though.
The steering wheel should be locked when the car is in park. Move the steering wheel a bit then see if the key turns.
Slightly turn the steering wheel and it should let you turn the key to on position
It sounds like the steering wheel is locked, try to wiggle the wheel at the same time you turn the key.
You need to turn the wheel (about 1/4 inch) to relieve the pressure while you turn the ignition.
Try turning the steering wheel either to the right or left while attempting to turn the key
I think its locked.
the ignition key will not turn if the steering wheel is locked in place. The steering wheel locks in place when it is turned with the ignition off. If the wheel is locked just try turning the wheel back and forth and turn the key at the same time, this will unlock the wheel, and allow the key to turn
If your ignition will not turn, try turning the steering wheel slightly while you turn the key. Sometimes the steering wheel will get locked in place and doing this will allow the ignition to move again.