My steering wheel is locked.

My steering wheel is locked despite my efforts to unlock it for the past hr.i am wondering if it's possible to remove the ignition from the steering wheel.

My car has 231963 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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Hi there. Sounds like the steering wheel lock solenoid is not working. To get to the solenoid or to remove the lock, you would need to remove the battery cables (both) and remove the horn with the airbag from the steering wheel. Then remove the steering wheel from the steering column to get to the lock and solenoid. Then you can test the solenoid for resistance and see if its working. A steering wheel lock solenoid that is not working properly will have a high resistance reading. Replace the solenoid if its not working or replace the lock if its broken. Make sure that the airbag is hooked up after you put the steering wheel back on before you hook up the battery cables. If you need further assistance with steering wheel lock, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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If your steering wheel locks up while the car is in motion, perhaps the most likely culprit is a lack of power steering fluid, or dirty power steering fluid. Especially at lower speeds like parking lot maneuvers, the power steering system allows you to turn the wheels with ease.
What do we mean when we say turns “lock to lock”? Lock being the hard stop where the steering wheel will not turn when rotated in each direction.
Lock-To-Lock Time is the time taken to turn the primary steering from full left lock to full right lock (or right to left). You can specify a different value for Lock-To-Lock Time Forwards and Lock-To-Lock Time Reverse.
If the battery is dead, you may not be able to turn the key completely to the off position meaning the steering wheel won`t lock—not only that but you won`t be able to get the key out. BTW, not all cars have locking steering wheels—there is no such law.
A wide variety of steering wheel locks are available, ranging from simple and inexpensive models to high-end, heavy-duty systems. Some work by attaching a long arm to the steering wheel, which makes it difficult or impossible to turn the wheel.

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ANSWER : Hi there. The issue seems to be the shifter interlock solenoid may be malfunctioning causing the steering wheel lock to not release or not engage.

I suggest having the computer scanned for any codes that would be stored or pending for the steering system as there is a warning light on for the steering lock system. This will give you the correct item to check when dealing with your steering wheel not locking. If you need further assistance with the steering wheel not locking, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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Hard to turn steering wheel when on park.
ANSWER : Hey there. There is a check valve in the power steering pump that quite often sticks after a rebuild. Since these are "restoration" components, they tend to sit on shelves longer than present-day parts. Tap lightly on the power steering pump housing and shaft with a hammer to "unstick" the check valve.

It is also possible that the control valve, which routes high pressure fluid to the "power assist" cylinder, is sticking or was not properly rebuilt. With this power assist system, which acts on the steering drag link to assist turning the front wheels, rather than through the gearbox itself – it is really irrelevant whether the steering gearbox is manual or power.

If you prefer some assistance with this issue, I would recommend having a steering system inspection conducted so that this issue can be repaired correctly.

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ANSWER : The problem does need to be fixed. The steering wheel shaft may be binding in the steering column. You may also have another problem with the front end if the squeaking noise is not coming from the steering column. If the column is squeaking then you should have a mechanic come look at it and diagnose the issue. Only a qualified mechanic should inspect it since the air bags on the steering wheel may need to be removed to diagnose and complete the repairs. A certified mobile YourMechanic can come examine the problem at your home or office.

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Ignition won’t turn, steering wheel lock not engaged.
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to provide my insight. It is possible the ignition mechanism is broken inside the steering column. I suggest trying to turn over your car with a spare key, to see if the ignition turns with the different key. If you do not have an extra key, then look at the key you have to see if it shows signs of wear. If it is, then have a copy made to see if that works.

If you would like help looking at your ignition system, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

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Did my steering wheel locked up because I did not have any oil in my car?
ANSWER : If you are referring to engine oil, lack of engine oil might cause the engine to stop and that would cause loss of power steering. If, though, you are referring to the power steering hydraulic fluid (the PS system uses hydraulic fluid rather than an "oil"), lack of hydraulic fluid in the pump will cause loss of power steering even if the engine is running. If you are still having trouble with the power steering system, or you want it inspected for proper operation, please use YourMechanic’s power steering service page to request service. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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ANSWER : Hi there. From the description you have provided, concerning your vehicle’s steering wheel is locked far right and key won’t turn with the front wheels in a forward default position, is somewhat confusing to me. It could be, undo pressure is being applied to the steering wheel lock. You could try, physically moving the left front tire side to side in either direction, to relieve the pressure on the steering wheel lock. It could be, the key you are using has a problem, try another key if available. It could be, the ignition lock cylinder is at fault. I recommend having your vehicle’s can’t turn the key be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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