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. Commented Sep 5, 2015 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
    Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 20:08
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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. Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 23:29
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    That is exactly what you can assume. If one of the "pins" (I don't remember what it's called either) gets stuck, that's exactly what can happen. Also, just because it's an easy fix does not mean you should discount it. I'm glad that it worked for you! Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 17:27
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    FYI, 2007 Sonata ignition switch is in the dash, not the column.
    – Paul Wick
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 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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