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Need some help I turn my steering wheel while the truck was off and in park and now I can't get the key to move and start the truck nor can I get the steering wheel to move. What have I done and how can I fix it?
Generally you 'go ape' on the steering wheel, left and right, while wiggling the key, and it'll pop free.
Here's how to drive the truck to a stop and avoid such problems and parking pawl damage in the trans; stop the truck with the service brake and wheels straight and hold the brake pedal firmly - holding the brake pedal, put the trans in Park - still holding the brake pedal, set the parking brake. Turn off ignition and release the service brake.
Okay, I realized that the complete process should be listed; Now to go, start the engine; depress the service brake and hold it - release the parking brake - put trans in gear - release service brake.
No yanking on the wheel, no yanking the shift lever stuck in Park, just smooth, easy operation doing things the right way. Try it for a refreshing change.
Happens all the time. At least you didn't call AAA. I went to a few of those calls when I was starting out someone bought a new car now the key wont turn. The people were always embarassed when I explained to them what happend. Just the other day a lady went around the block and came straight back in her explorer because it had no power after I worked on it. The service advisor released the parking brake and told her to have a nice day.
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