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Old 10-30-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Steering wheel stuck?

What's up guys, it's been a while since I posted but here's a problem that I encountered. The Camaro has been sitting for a while now because the steering wheel is stuck. I need to move it because we are having a Halloween party in my driveway lol.

So the steering wheel is locked in place and the key is stuck in the ignition. The key does not go forward or back. I wanted to know if there is anything I can do to fix this problem so I can move my Camaro out of the driveway. Thanks guys your help is very well appreciated.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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Jerk the wheel back and forth while jiggling the key.
Has the key been stuck for a long time?
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I've tried that too but it doesn't work.
Not too long maybe like a week.
Also when it got stuck I couldn't turn off my car because the key stayed in one place
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Ok so I got the steering wheel to turn, but the key does not want to come out.
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Does anyone know if I would have to take apart the steering wheel to get the key out?
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You don't have to do that. I had this problem. Gotta treat it like a bitch, sometimes you just have to get rough with it...turn the steering wheel and jiggle the locking mechanism at the same time. It will come undone.
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He's right. I checked the Service Manual in the Troubleshooting section under Stuck Key and this is what I found;

Step One: Treat the stuck key like a bitch and get rough with it.
Step Two: jiggle vigorously while pulling on the stuck key.
Step Three: Repeat Steps One and Two as required.

Huh! Go figure.
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I thought I had read that it in my service manual lol
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Try disconnecting the rod from the electrical ignition switch under the dash.
Is it an auto, maybe the park / lock cable is messed up.
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He's right. I checked the Service Manual in the Troubleshooting section under Stuck Key and this is what I found; Step One: Treat the stuck key like a bitch and get rough with it. Step Two: jiggle vigorously while pulling on the stuck key. Step Three: Repeat Steps One and Two as required. Huh! Go figure.
Lol trust me I've done lots of that lol

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Try disconnecting the rod from the electrical ignition switch under the dash. Is it an auto, maybe the park / lock cable is messed up.
What does this rod look like? I don't want to disconnect the wrong thing.
It is a manual.
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Have you tried pressing/abusing the safety removal button for the key? Not sure if the 3rd gens had it, but I know at the very least 00-02's have it. Above the key cylinder there is a safety lock button that prevents the key from being removed, if it is not pressed in. Otherwise, you can get to it by removing the steering wheel and the lock plate. You'll need to rent a steering wheel puller tool and a steering wheel lock plate removal tool from Autozone, to get to the ignition cylinder to remove/replace it. Once the steering wheel and lock plate is removed, carefully remove/move aside the turn signal cam, and the ignition cylinder should be accessible. You should be able to buy a new ignition lock cylinder with keys on Amazon or RockAuto.
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