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Old 09 Oct 2010, 10:03 pm
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hey everyone

hopeflly someone can help me with this one.

i have a 2002 base model and just recently the steering wheel has been locking everytime i go to turn on the car. what could this possibly be? sometimes it is easier to unlock it than it is other times

if anyone has an idea please let me know!?!?


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Old 09 Oct 2010, 10:53 pm
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Default Re: Steering wheel locking up

Sounds like "pregnant woman syndrome" to me. At about eight months gestation, when exiting the driver's seat, the "pronounced" belly engages the steering wheel--thus engaging the steering lock system.

If this is your problem, the matter will adjust itself after the baby is born.

If this is not your problem, perhaps you have been eating too often at Carl's Junior, and have developed a sort of quasi-pregnant equivalent to the above.

Sorry, I'm just in a mood tonight, I guess.

Actually, I have found myself grabbing the steering wheel for some silly reason--and locking it up--as I exit the car. My knees are not what they used to be, and sometimes when I get off work I use my arms to help me get out of the car seat. Now that I recognize this as a bad habit, I watch what I'm doing; I don't grab the the steering wheel to help me up and out. I just sort of grunt and go for it--and that seems to do the trick, for the most part.

Obviously, the first two suggestions were just me fooling with you--but the last statement is valid.

Also, you might try adjusting the height of your steering wheel (a little) to see if the problem persists.

Also, your ignition may be wearing, causing a locking (and unlocking) condition.

Good luck.

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Old 10 Oct 2010, 01:22 am
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Default Re: Steering wheel locking up

Hey, there is NOTHING funny about eating at Carl Jr's
04 graphite(vroom!) N/A Limited 110,000 miles -original owner. Custom short ram intake ( CGS motor-sport pipe, specter open-end air filter, specter breathing hose),OEM spoiler, Pioneer receiver ,10" bazooka sub,Blue LED interior lighting, Bosch +4 plugs and Accel super stock 8mm universal plug wires.
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Old 10 Oct 2010, 02:37 pm
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Probably worn ignition switch.
(Or, you are using the wrong key!)

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Old 31 Oct 2010, 12:49 pm
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Default Re: Steering wheel locking up

Originally Posted by devilishlooks21 View Post
I have a 2002 base model, and just recently the steering wheel has been locking every time I go to turn on the car. What could this possibly be? Sometimes it is easier to unlock it than it is other times.
I have a 2001 PT Cruiser, and this happens to me all the time.


First, try to turn the steering wheel to the left hard while trying to turn the ignition key. If that does not work, try to turn the steering wheel to the right hard while trying to turn the ignition key. And finally, if the wheel turning does not work for you (my third solution works for me, a lot),

Do This:

Get a hammer (or a piece of 2x4 wood that's a foot long) and Tap on the Top of your ignition key *lightly* while you try to turn it.

If you find my answer as the solution for your issue, please Reply here that I helped you, so others know that this is the REAL solution.

Now we need to start a class action suit that Chrysler has sold us a defective PT Cruiser ignition key system. Chrysler needs to replace this defective system for us, for Free, under a Recall bulletin. How do we get this reported to Chrysler?
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Old 31 Oct 2010, 01:26 pm
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gwguruman, it's a NINE year old car. Buy a new switch.

Also, YES, the TWO of you should start a class action suit.

TROLLING, not at its best---too obvious.

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