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Q: Steering wheel and ignition locked up.

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Steering wheel and ignition switch are locked up. Cannot turn to start the car.

A: It sounds like you may have a problem with ...

It sounds like you may have a problem with your key. If the key is excessively worn it will not be able to unlock the ignition cylinder so you can turn the key. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to check your key and ignition to see exactly what the problem is.

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