No amount of wiggling or pulling will get key to turn, I'm trying to get the clamshell off of the steering column, three bolts out no more in sight, may be one at the base but not sure, have been told if I can get the shell off I may be able to release the ignition, but usure because mechanic said if I could turn the ignition to accessory ??
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Re: camry is a 1991 ignition is stuck
If the steering wheel is turned try Rocking the steering wheel at the same time wiggle key
OR IF WHEELS ARE TURNED ALL THE WAY IN RIGHT OR LEFT DIRECTION Turn wheels in THAT "SAME" Direction HARD then try key
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switch needs to be replace. the ignition key works starts failing just like the starter itself it starts ok at first and starts to go every time you try to start your car until it goes no more. replace as soon as possible or you will end up calling a locksmith.
Most likely will just need the ignition switch replaced. This is the electrical portion of the ignition, not the metal cylinder where your key goes. You will need to pull off the steering column plastic clamshell behind the steering wheel to access it. It is attached to the back of the key cylinder. It is not too expensive or hard to replace.
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.
disconnect neg battery terminal -remove steering wheel will need a puller some auto stores let u borrow these tools -remove turn signal switch not necessary to totally remove switch pull far enough rearward to slip over shaft but dont pull harness out of column --turn key to run -remove the lock retaining screws dont drop into column -remove lock -screw torque is 40 inch lbs for reg column 22 for adjustable column