Ignition and Steering wheel locked

Asked by Dec 06, 2009 at 05:01 PM about the 1993 Lexus ES 300

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The ignition will not let me twist the key out of the 'lock' postion to start the car. I've tried  depressing the brake peddal while turing the key, and also rocked the steering wheel side to side as mentioned in the owners manual. Still no dice. But in doing so, the steering wheel has locked  up and now it wont budge left or right at all...

I've also tried cranking the ignition in every gear using the Shift Lock Override button, and also tried using my spare key instead. Still nothing...

4 Answers

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Yes, the toyota camry (an es300 is a hopped up camry, just so you know) and es300 are bitches with this. Make sure you're in park, A/C off, and then try starting without braking and with braking. Also a good idea to have your E-brake engaged.

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grab the wheel and rotate it to the left.While holding the wheel firmly,rotate the key back towards you.

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my 300ES starts and will go forward and reverse but steering wont turn...something seems locked. HELP!!

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Hit Lexus 01GS 300 owners my key did not unlock my steering wheel cylinder in a rain storm at the DMV. I try everything at the time after get it tow home I look at the forum then try a few things WD40, tap the lock, turn steering wheel back and forward, disconnect the battery for 5 min. finally it unlock. not sure what work but it still hanging up at times. The malfunction could be the pin going bad or just dirty. soak it with Wd40 again be calm

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