Put the key in the ignition, try to turn it to the “on” position and wiggle the steering wheel with varying degrees of pressure. This will normally unlock the steering wheel and start your car.
You can try slamming on the brake and pressing the push-start button once while gently rocking the steering wheel. You can take your leg off the brake pedal and hit the start button twice while also wiggling the steering wheel. Both options also turn on the ignition.
To unlock a steering wheel: Insert the key into the ignition switch, try to turn it to the “on” position and wiggle the steering wheel back and forth with varying degrees of pressure. This will normally unlock the steering wheel and start your car.
Pry up the small tab on the left corner of the shifter and push the lever in to unlock the ignition switch and also unlocks the shifter. 1 people found this helpful.
To turn the key and start the vehicle, you must move the steering wheel from side to side while trying to turn the key in the ignition switch. If you perform both actions at the same time, you can exit the steering wheel lock and then start your vehicle.
If your steering wheel locks up while the car is in motion, the most likely cause is probably lack of power steering fluid or dirty power steering fluid. The power steering allows you to turn the wheels slightly, especially at lower speeds such as parking manoeuvres.
You can try to center it, turn it sideways, or twist it back and forth to unlock it. In some cases, you may want to do this while simultaneously pressing the ignition button. Proceed as gently and forcefully as possible so as not to damage anything. Your steering wheel should turn.
The most common reasons why a Toyota Camry key will not turn are a stuck steering column/lock, an ignition switch problem or an ignition key problem. Search our network of RepairPal certified stores near you to speak to a technician about your issue.
Check the battery.
In today’s computer controlled cars, a dead battery can be the cause of a locked ignition key. If the lights don’t come on, your battery is probably dead and your car’s anti-theft features are working because the chip in your key can’t be verified.