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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 09:32 AM
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I looked in the manual also and it says that if the lock can't disengage it should show a message saying explicitly that. Did you notice if that ever showed up? This sounds like a steering column lock "issue".

This stuff has been a source of confusion for drivers for a long time, since it happens so rarely, so very few recognize it and know what to do. Back in the day with the mechanical keys and column locks it was exactly the same issue, you could not start the car, or take the key out, unless the steering column was unlocked.

Any time there is pressure on the wheels, from parking on uneven surfaces or some other scenario, the pressure on the column lock must be released by the driver by wiggling the steering wheel.

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Hi & thanks for your reply!

No, I didn't notice any message. I also remember the old days with mechanical keys and steering column locks. However, I don't know why the column would lock up especially the first time this happened when I was in a level, shopping mall parking lot.
I hope this doesn't keep happening & I end up getting stuck somewhere really inconvenient!! I have an appt with Toyota this Friday.

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