Ignition lock switch went bad it would crank the truck but would not turn it off pulled the steering wheel and pulled old igntion lock switch out but can not get the new one to go in all the way is there a certain trick?
Do you have a tilt wheel? If so you're only half the way there. The upper actuator is broken. And you got to get into the column further. As for the trick to get the cylinder in. Don't matter if you got a tilt or fixed wheel. Go to the top side of the column. About 2/3 the way down it you'll find the Ign Switch. A rod will be coming out of the top going towards the wheel area. Push it into the switch till the inst panel lights come on. That means that the Ign switch is in the 'ON' sopition. IE all the dash panel lights come on. There is a key on the tumbler that matches to a key in the ign gear. Than just incert the tumbler into the gear and turn it to lock it in.
If you got a non-tilt wheel then it sounds like the bottom of the tumbler is broken off and is still in the gear. If so do the same as above with the Ign Switch. That will align the key so you can take the broken part out and put the new Ign tumbler in.
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You will have to remove the steering wheel ( may need steering wheel puller after nut removed ) and the turn signal switch to gain access to a lock pin on the side of the key tumbler assembly , It will either be visible through a small hole or a very thin punch out in the face of the switch housing. push down on the pin and pull the switch straight out ( you need the key installed to allow this function , but as you said it is already there but broken off )
your steering wheel has tension on it - are your front wheels parked against a curb or were you turning your steering wheel while you shut off the car? Try pulling hard left and turning the key. If that doesn't work, pull hard right while turning the key. You may have to pull really hard if you are a smaller person.
Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery. Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position. Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws. Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling. Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.
Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place. Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands. Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate. Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.
turn the wheel left or right and see if it turns check the key if it's bent or wiggle the key at the same time it might get frustrating but it might turn had a chevy do it all the time on me.If not you will need a new ignition switch and keys.
Follow these steps carefully. this will help you achieve this replacement.
the negative battery cable from the terminal on the battery. Remove the
upper and lower steering column covers by unscrewing them.
the steering wheel by lifting off the center cover, disconnecting the
horn wire and removing the retaining nut and washer. Make a mark on the
steering wheel spline and the wheel itself so you can line it back up
precisely. Pull the steering wheel straight back to remove from the
off windshield wiper and turn signal switches by pulling them off as
you did the steering wheel and disconnect the wiring. Slide the spacer
sleeve off of the steering column.
the ignition switch mounting screws. Pull out the ignition switch.
Disconnect the wiring connector from back of the ignition switch.
Simply loosen the tabs and pull it out.
your key into the ignition. Turn the ignition switch to the locked
position. Depress the retaining pin with a small screwdriver and turn
the key to the Off position to free the cylinder. Once it is free, turn
the key to lock position and remove the key and key cylinder.
your old key cylinder into the new ignition switch assembly. Make sure
the contacts in the cylinder and assembly line up. Reattach wiring to
ignition switch, slide it into place, screw in mounting screws and
reassemble steering wheel and switches.
When you say you were able to remove it - does this mean the broken part of the key? if it was, then just take both pieces to a locksmith that cuts auto keys, and have a replacement cut. If it uses a transponder, make sure this is copied also.
With a working key, remove any plastic surround around the lock mechanism (put the steering wheel back on), and look at the lock mechanism around the actual lock. Turn the key to position 1. This should allow a small pin on the side of the lock body to be pressed in - releasing the lock cylinder, which will come out on the key when you pull it.
These are some makes where you have to drill to depress the catch, but this is a hands-on job for an auto locksmith.