Changing key ignition need to remove old one and fix ignition rod
I believe igniontion switch rod came loose by key ignition, starts without key so im putting in new key ignition, and bought new bracket type lever for ognition rod inside steering column under steering wheel, i removed steering wheel and now im stuck, how do i get past parts under steering wheel when it is removed, 1992 k 1500 chevy silverado 1/2 ton
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wd40 first easiest fix remove steering wheel to see what is binding inside. unhook small rod going to ignition switch to eliminate switch as a problem. check ignition switch to see if it is loose. tighten as necessary.
Hi Jane, Your problem may be being caused by the bent key, but you may need to replace the ignition barrel and switch as it too may be defective. The barrel takes the key and at the working end (opposite side to where the key fits) is a rod which fits into the switch which turns the ignition on and off and operates the starter. I'm suspecting that it is either loose (the attachment screw may have become loose) worn or broken. Regards John
What the problem sounds like is that one of these rods operates the actual ignition switch (I've seen this kind of ignition system on 1970's GM's). When the ignition key is turned the mechanism inside pushes one of these rods which in turn is physically connected to the ignition switch further down the steering column, have a look down there with a light you may be able to see it but it might be covered. Sounds like the rascals were trying to get to the one rod to push or pull on it in order to start the truck. I would put the key in the ignition lock turn it back and forth to see if one of the severed ends moves and notice which way it moves (one of the two going up towards the steering wheel) then put the key in run position (to unlock the steering wheel) Then push (or pull, depending) on the corresponding severed rod, this should start the vehicle. Remember there should be one click then you should feel a kind of spring action push or pull enough to engage the starter then when the truck starts let go of it. You may have to expose enough of the rod to be able to do this. To stop the engine push the rod the opposite way until you feel one click. You can also visit or call a bone yard to see if they have one of these trucks and get yourself the broken pieces or the whole steering column. I hope this helps you.
I suspect you mechanical ignition switch if faulty. This is located on top of the steering column by the drivers feet. Disconnect battery to prevent activation of airbag .Remove the panel under the steering wheel and the nuts or bolts holding the column to the dash. Lower the column and you will see a rectangular box mounted on top that has a wiring harness on the driver side and a metal rod out of the top. This is the mechanical switch that I believe is bad. Mark the location with a scribe or sharp metal point along 2 sides. Remove mount screws, unplug harness, and carefully remove metal rod from bottom of switch. Install metal rod in new switch, making sure the rod moves freely and does not bind up. Remount switch, aligning with the marks you made on the column. Put key in lock cylinder and test operation of the switch by turning fully to the start position, watching that metal rod for movement and return of switch to normal operating position. If you have it aligned correctly you will see the rod move as you turn the key to the start position and move as you release the key. Plug in the wire harness and and reinstall column, then panel and reconnect battery. Hope this helps!!
As necessary, remove all under dash panels in order to gain access to the ignition switch.
As necessary, lower the steering column to gain working clearance.
Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connectors.
Remove the ignition switch retaining screws from the studs. Disengage the ignition switch from switch rod. Remove the switch from the vehicle.
Position the lock cylinder in the LOCK position.
To set the switch, position a wire in the opening in the outer surface of the switch through its positions until the wire drops down into the slot.
NOTE: The slot is in the bottom of the switch where the rod must be inserted to allow full movement through the switch positions.
Position the ignition switch on the column studs and over the actuating rod. Torque the retaining nuts to 40–64 inch lbs. (4.5–7.2 Nm).
Remove the wire from the slot in the housing. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
Remove the steering column shroud and lower the steering column.
Disconnect the ignition switch electrical harness connector.
Remove the 2 nuts retaining the ignition switch to the steering column housing.
Lift the ignition switch upward to disengage the actuator rod from the switch and remove the switch.
To install: When installing the ignition switch, both the locking mechanism at the top of the column and the switch itself must be in the
LOCK position for correct adjustment. To hold the mechanical parts of the column in the
position, move the shift lever into
(with automatic transmissions) or
(with manual transmissions), turn the key to the
position, and remove the key. New replacement switches, when received, are already pinned in the
position by a metal shipping pin inserted in a locking hole on the side of the switch.
Engage the actuator rod in the ignition switch.
Place the ignition switch on the steering column housing and loosely install the 2 retaining nuts.
Move the switch up or down along the column to locate the
mid-position of the actuator rod lash, then tighten the retaining nuts
to 47-64 inch lbs. (5-7 Nm).
Raise the steering column into position at instrument panel. Install steering column shroud.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Remove the locking pin, connect the negative battery cable, and verify that the engine will only crank in
. Also check to make certain that the start circuit cannot be actuated in the
Itsounds as though the rod that slides the positioner on your ignition switch has come loose or the swithch itself is loose and moving with the rod. To check this you've got to get to the ignition switch which is located at the bottom of the steering column. Take off the kneepad. Then you'll have to loosen and remove the two or three nuts mounting the column. This will allow you to get an eye on the switch. Check it for looseness. There are two slotted screw mounts for the switch. turn the key just a couple clicks(not over) and see if you can see the switch moving. I'm pretty well certain that your situation lies there. Thanks, Dana
Remove the steering column covers and you'll find the electical switch to the ignition. You'll find a rod that activates the switch from the lock and tumbler. Check for anything broken between the two.