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Iginition switch on 1998 chevy prizm

The key won't turn. The steering wheel isn't locked, meaning I can move it. I have tried moving the steering wheel, moving the shifter. The key will only move about 1/16 of an inch. I can't start it. I saw a posting about it which says there is a pin that might be the cause of the problem. So how hard is it to fix this problem? What is the best way to take the plastic housing off of the steering column? Once this is off what is my next steps.




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  • pak5569 Dec 19, 2008

    what is the proper way to get the old ignition lock cylinder out? Where do I purchase a new one and how much should I expect to pay?

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    Keith Segal Feb 14, 2012

    THERE ARE TWO 5/16 HEAD BOLTS ON PLASTIC SWITCH,LOOSEN AND HOLD KEY IN START POSITION AS YOU SLIDE SWITCH TOWARD KEY,OR IF TILT COLUMN, AWAY FROM KEY.--IF IN SWITCH AT ALL AS IT IS EASY TO MISS. TOO GET TO IT REMOVE LOWER PANEL UNDER COLUMN -SWITCH IS 3-4" LONG AND MAY BE ON TOP-SIDE-OR BOTTOM OF COLUMN. MAKE SURE ROD FROM KEY IS IN PROPER SLOT OF THIS LONG PLASTIC PIECE THAT HAS ABOUT A DOZEN WIRES IN IT IN A STRAIGHT LINE. GOOD LUCK

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HOPE IT'S FIXED BY NOW!!! PUT OLD IGNITION SWITCH IN AND RETEST EVERY FUSE-POWER AT STARTER?? AT RELAY?? ADJUST POSITION OF ROD FROM KEY CYLINDER TO SWITCH?? IS ROD I PLACE??/............... WHAT KIND OF VEHICLE?????

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The plastic covers (on the column) come off with just 4 screw in most cases, they are inside holes in the bottom part of the cover, once u get these off u will have to replace the ighnition lock cylinder, a pin inside that cylinder has broken, this is what is keeping it from turning.

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