Key wont turn to lock

Tiny
CRANVILL
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  • 1998 NISSAN ALTIMA
Transmission problem
4 cylinder Front Wheel Drive Automatic 113,000 miles

My key is in the ignition but wont turn all the way to off to be removed. Key can be turned to start car, but wont turn all the way back to lock. Also notice that the transmission and steering wheel are not locking either.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 AT 5:14 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

To better assist you please tell me if your model is a GLE, GXE, SE or XE. Also the engine size in liter.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 AT 10:07 PM
Tiny
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The model is a GLE and engine is the 2.4L.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 AT 2:33 PM
Tiny
IMPALASS
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Hello -

If the key is not turning - have you tried stepping on the brake and gently turning the steering wheel back and forth?

You may have to remove the panels on the steering column to see if something is jammed or broke loose causing it to jam.

I have attached the info on getting to the switch/lock.

Also please be extremely careful handling the airbag. Static electricity can set it off so please be careful.

STEERING LOCK & IGNITION SWITCH

Removal

1. Remove steering wheel if necessary for access. See STEERING WHEEL. Remove upper and lower steering column covers. Disconnect ignition switch harness connectors. If shear bolt studs are accessible, use a hacksaw to cut a slot into exposed studs. Using a screwdriver, remove studs.

2. If shear bolt studs are recessed or hard to reach, use a hammer and center punch to unscrew shear bolts. If unsuccessful, drill a hole in the shear bolts and remove with a screw extractor. Remove steering lock and ignition switch.

Installation

Install ignition switch. Install new shear bolts. Finger-tighten shear bolts. Ensure proper operation of steering lock and ignition switch. Tighten shear bolts until heads break off. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure.
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Friday, February 20th, 2009 AT 4:50 PM

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