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  1. This started before the steering wheel was locked, I locked it because I forgot what a locked steering wheel feels like and wasn't thinking too much. Had a LOT of time to wiggle the key before it was locked though, so it's definitely the ignition lock cylinder.

  2. Tried with a never used key - didn't solve the problem.

Pop the cylinder assembly out of column lock, and take it to locksmith.. maybe $25 repair, as opposed to $160+ for new cylinder assembly with key, thus making you a 2 key car then.

According to some Hyundai Forum, you can just get it repaired at a locksmith. Is this correct?

Also, extremely I rusty mechanically (nor did I ever deal with a wheel lock), but I remember something about the steering wheel lock being a huge problem for me now as I go to take the cylinder out, might have to drill the spring release. Is this correct or is that not an issue?

Edit - I guess I don't understand what actually breaks. I understand how locks work and a worn down key just won't move the pins and allow it to turn - fine. That seems to not be the problem though, what else is there to break and keep it from turning?

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    Are you sure the steering wheel isn't just binding on the key mechanism? Try wiggling the steering wheel while trying to turn the key ... might be a revelation. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 5 '15 at 19:27
  • I am sure because I tried it for 20 minutes on two separate times before I locked the wheel. I will try more, but I am 90% sure. – VSO Sep 5 '15 at 20:08
  • Try and squirt some lubricant into the cylinder, like WD-40. Shouldn't take a whole bunch. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 5 '15 at 21:15
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    Dry graphite will do a good job as well. And it doesn't smell. It's just most people don't keep graphite on hand, while they do have some sort of lubricant. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 5 '15 at 23:29
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    FYI, 2007 Sonata ignition switch is in the dash, not the column. – Paul Wick Jan 8 '18 at 1:43
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I would bet the cylinder is only stuck. You can probably get it to work again by using some type of lubricant. That could be either WD-40 (just a little bit ... don't want to soak the thing) or if you don't like the smell, try some dry graphite.

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