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I have a 1992 Lexus SC400. The steering wheel is locked and I am unable to turn the key. I put the key in the ignition and the wheel rises a little and then it stops. I am able to adjust the wheel up and down but that’s it. I tried turning the wheel and the key at the same time but nothing happened. I put it in neutral and again nothing happened. I drove the car earlier in the day and everything was fine. I do not know what to do and do not want to get taken advantage of when I go for repairs, please help. Do I need a steering pump, ignition switch? I have a new battery and the alternator is about 3 years old.

Please call your local locksmith that works on cars ignition locks. They will come out to your car and get you rolling again. The ignition key and or tumblers in the ignition lock cylinder are wore out (in most cases) Once they get this fixed, occasional use of graphite powder will keep this from happening again. Never use lubricants like WD40 because they wash away the ignition lock lubricant. According to locksmiths liquid lubricants tear up locks faster than wore out keys.

 

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