Did you turn your steering wheel all the way from full left to full right, stop to stop?
In 60's, cars didn't lock the steering wheel, so the key was in the dash. When it was law for the steering wheel to lock, all the keys moved to the steering column to lock them. When they went back to dash mounted keys, they put electrical activated locks in the steering column.
All my Chrysler vehicle since the late 90's, they changed the steering wheel lock so that it didn't lock unless you turned the wheel more than 1/2 a turn one way or the other. I guess it gave the same effect because you can't steel a vehicle if you can only move the steering wheel a half turn, but it cut down on the steering wheel tension from the tires resisting and pulling the wheel back, jaming up the lock mechanism and breaking the ignition lock and switch (happened on my '91 Mini-Van).
I'll have to check my Commander again, I've could have sworn the steering wheel locked, because my driveway is a steep hill, I always turn the steering wheel when I park on it. When I have the steering wheel turned, usually a full turn if NOT all the way left to the stops, it locks all the way. I'll check again and make sure I'm NOT confusing it with other Chrysler vehicles I own.
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Last edited by Mongo; 09-01-2011 at 03:41 PM.