Ever tried explaining what a steering wheel ignition lock is?

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My wife was picking up our child from day camp today when I get a call that she can't start the car. She even used FaceTime and showed it to me, and I try to tell her to play around with it. It won't start nor get into neutral or drive. Then later on I figure it's got to be the steering wheel ignition lock, since this is a traditional key on the column. I parked it on the way, call her, and tell her to turn the wheel and she says she still can't start it.

So I get there, but only after looking around in three different parking lots until I figure that it's not a lot per se, and she actually parked quite a bit away from the drop-off/pickup point. But the parking spaces are in need of repair with some potholes. The front tires are lined up straight, but with one sitting on a pothole which likely put pressure against the steering mechanism. So I go right there, crank the steering wheel a tiny bit to the left, and start it immediately. She's amazed because she spend time trying to figure it out and couldn't.

Sometimes I wonder. This is one of the most basic things for anyone to try, and I even tried to explain it simply to turn the steering wheel before starting. But I had to be there in person to show what to do, and it ate up about an hour of my time getting there and back along with looking for where she parked.
 
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One thing I've noticed is that wives commonly do not listen to their husbands. They appear to, but they are thinking what, in their minds, is two steps ahead. You almost have to intuit what they are thinking, pull them back, and then explain step by step, confirming each step before moving on, what they need to do. It can take a lot of diplomacy to get results without getting them upset with you for "treating them like a child".
 
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I have found over many years that when your wife asks you HOW to do something she is really asking you to come and do it. She could have had a PhD in mechanical engineering but you were never going to be able to explain it to her.
 

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One thing I've noticed is that wives commonly do not listen to their husbands. They appear to, but they are thinking what, in their minds, is two steps ahead. You almost have to intuit what they are thinking, pull them back, and then explain step by step, confirming each step before moving on, what they need to do. It can take a lot of diplomacy to get results without getting them upset with you for "treating them like a child".

Wife isn't like that. She may not listen, but she doesn't throw a fit. She's kind of passive when things don't work, but then expects me to show up. Now my father is another story. If he can't get things to work he gets frustrated. Especially with electronics. I have to go over just to do simple things. He used to have me come over simply because he couldn't get his printer working. It was just the selection in the drop down menu changed, and he couldn't select the proper one.
 
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My Wife & all 3 of my Daughters have called me at one time or another for the exact same thing in the 2010 Toyota Corolla.....It was particularly bad about it, It caught me off guard a couple times after one of them have driven the car & had to pull on the wheel pretty hard before the key would turn. I can see a 90-119 pound female having difficulties.

But I needed to train them not to put pressure on the steering wheel & turn the car off at the same time.
 
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