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The key won't turn in the ignition (2003 PT Cruiser). The steering wheel isn't locked like it should be. I tried a spare key. Worked fine last night.
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Chrysler Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 1 year ago
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HI,

Ok, it sounds like the tumblers are sticking. The following works like a charm - use hammer and GENTLY tap around the ignition cylinder as you turn the key. It should unstick them and allow the key to turn all the way.

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