Q: How to correct locked ignition, steering, gear shift

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Key won't turn, steering locked, gear shift locked. Battery is charged.

My car has 214000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If you turn the steering wheel left or right with a little force, while turning the ignition, it will sometimes release it. This usually happens when power steering puts pressure on the steering wheel when it’s turned and the car is shut off. If this isn’t the case, I’d suggest getting some assistance from a certified mechanic who can diagnose the issue with your ignition system firsthand and fix it accordingly.

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