Lexus Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Lexus Expert
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Aggressively try to turn the wheel in both directions while trying to turn the key. If that fails jack up both front wheels off the ground and try again. If it will not unlock the wheel and switch then the concern is damaged tumblers inside the ignition lock cylinder meaning a new cylinder is needed and built to match your key cut code which you can obtain from your dealer with the vin#.
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If its rotational stress on the steering system causing the lock impossible to release enough, raising the front wheels will allow the steering to have no load on it.
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A jack under a front cross member would be better than under the differential. Set the parking brake as well to make sure it does not roll if on a hill.
That means it is the cylinder tumblers that are damaged and the cylinder needs to be drilled out and replaced.
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