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post #1 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel Locked


My wife's 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee is apparently steering wheel locked in our driveway. She can't turn the key at all and obviously can't start the car. She tried turning the wheel both ways and also tried messing with the shifter. Had our neighbor check it out as well and he wasn't able to get it to move. I'm still here at work so I'm not able to take a look at it. Apparently it's really stuck and can't get it unlocked so I thought I would give you guys a shout out - any tricks to unlocking the steering wheel?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 02:34 PM
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If the key is the culprit try tapping end of key fob with a little hammer or rubber mallet or if stuck ones knuckles do suffice.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 02:49 PM
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^^X2 tapping the key in the ignition will prob get it to go. just knock on it with your hand like hitting a naile with a hammer. if the wheel is 'pushing' against the steering wheel lock too hard u actually have to move the wheel off the stop to be able to turn the key. try turning the key while moving the wheel back and forth. should get the wheel off the lock enough to allow u to turn the key.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 04:46 PM
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I had this problem one day after work.... I had to call a lock smith to insert a new key cylinder $150.00. He says this go out all the time.

I watched what he did; he made a copy of my key; stuck it into the cylinder and bang on the key with the end of screwdriver and force the key to turn.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 09:37 PM
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just wiggle the key back and forth and pull really hard on the steering wheel at the same time. even if it feels like its gonna break something.
i was trying real hard to unlock mine one time, and a tow truck driver came, put some real toruqe into his pull, and it was perfect. he said it happens a lot.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-29-2014, 09:00 PM
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Thumbs up Steering wheel locked on Jeep Liberty 2002 - same Solution

Thank you so very much all !

Just had the same steering Wheel locked issue with my Jeep Liberty 2002 and simply knocking twice with a vise grip on the key fob did unlock it successfully, great !
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