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Cannot remove part of steering column to get to ignition switch

The steering wheel is already off I just need to know how to remove the front part of the steering column to get to the ignition switch it seems to be stuck on something or am I just missing something?

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  • nikkimac183 Nov 17, 2008

    yes after I posted I actually figured out the problem on line. Apparently with these cars from years 69-79 there is a tension clip that needs to be pressed in order to pull the ignition out. The website I looked at said that some vehicles did not provide access to this clip and that you would have to make your own by tapping a hole with a screwdriver. Would you believe this was one of those cars so I did it but now I have a new problem.



    New Problem is that the ignition switch is in and the car starts but it seems to be very tight. Normally when you start a car you turn the ignition and when the car starts you let go and it goes back to the on position, well mine just sticks there and has to be turned back manually. I think something was messed up in the process of fixing the ignition. Any help would be appreciated?

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Have you depressed the locking plate and removed the retaining clip with a small screwdriver?

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View of the steering lock and ignition switch assembly

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