2009 Hyundai Santa Fe steering wheel lock-up

Dear Doctor: I own a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. When I first purchased it I noticed at times the steering wheel and ignition would lock-up. After having service check it out, they replaced the ignition, and the problem stopped. Now, after 18 months it has started again. Almost every time I park and then start the vehicle the ignition and steering column are locked. Turning the steering wheel extremely to the right will help turn loosen the ignition and start the vehicle. We had the dealer check out the vehicle, and it always starts, so they find nothing wrong. What do you think? Charles

Dear Charles: When turning off the car engine there is still pressure on the steering wheel from the wheels being at an angle, like turning into a parking space. Before shutting off, let go of the steering wheel so that there is no pressure. You can even move the wheel a couple of inches either way, let it go and then shut the key off. If this method does not work, then there is a problem with the ignition key cylinder or the steering column. You can also try using another key or remove the key and turn it 180 degrees if it is a double-sided key. Applying a drop of lock lubricant is also a good idea.

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