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.
Replace the ignition lock cylinder.
my steering wheel is locked my tires are straight and everything and it refuses to unlock what do i do?
Try wiggling the steering wheel
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
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.
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.
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
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.
make sure steering wheel isn't locked. have your foot on the brake.
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.
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.
Steering wheels are generally locked from the ignition switch. It is supposed to lock only in the OFF position. If you steering locks in any other key position, you likely have a problem with the linkage rod or cable that connects the ignition lock cylinder to the steering column. You have to take apart the dash and possibly the steering column to fix this.
A locked steering wheel can be repaired by a locksmith or a car dealer.
Try turning the steering wheel one direction or the other as you try to turn the key.
Turn the steering wheel hard to the left or right while turning the key.