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Posted: 02/27/12 08:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, I bought a2008 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager 8389
on a W24 chassis on 2-10-12 and drove it to this
campsite. Now I need to move it and the key won,t turn.
Slides are in and I tried pushing on the brake.
Thank you for any help, Dennis


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Posted: 02/27/12 08:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is the steering wheel in a bind? That will make it difficult to turn the key.


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Posted: 02/27/12 08:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know if it has a steering wheel lock. Try turning the steering wheel both ways while you turn the key.

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It may have a steering wheel lock like cars do. Try moving steering slightly one way or the other while trying the key.


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Posted: 02/27/12 08:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MNtundraRet wrote:

It may have a steering wheel lock like cars do. Try moving steering slightly one way or the other while trying the key.


and also try moving the shift lever...it may not be completely in 'Park'.


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Posted: 02/27/12 10:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The steering wheel is in a bind. Pull hard (HARD) to the left while you try to turn the key, do the same thing pulling the wheel to the right. You might have to really yank it to get results. This is a kind of freakish thing but happens to vehicles when the key is turned off and the steering wheel has pressure to one side or the other.
If you have jacks that will operate with the ignition off, you can just raise the front wheels a bit and things will return to normal. Most jacks only work with ignition in on position.
Or a hydraulic jack under the front and raise the RV enough to remove most of the weight on the front end.


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I had the same thing happen to my HHR. Tow truck driver came over and turned the steering wheel THROUGH the wheel lock. It took some force, but he did it. Says that sometimes the tumblers in the ignition don't set properly and that jolts them back into place.

Would get that looked at once fixed, though. About 3 months after he did that, the same problem happened in reverse... the key was in, ignition was on, but couldn't turn the car off. Had to get the dealer to break it and replace the ignition.


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Lift your front wheels completely off the ground with your jacks. Your steering wheel and ignition will then unlock.

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I found on my W22 that the brake pedal comes back up to touch brake light switch!My brake light switch and slide up a little and was not hitting pedal I pushed it back down thru the bracket and everything was ok The final fix was to put a small hose clamp around the switch and it kept it from slideing back up thru bracket!

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Posted: 02/27/12 10:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This problem is a mechanical problem, not an electrical one.

I have a W24 and have had this exact problem. Follow my instruction above lifting the front wheels completely off the ground.

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