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.
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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Re: iginition switch on 1998 chevy prizm
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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I'm assuming you mean your key wont turn in the ignition. first off check to make sure the car is in park. then what you gotta do is put in the key and put a little pressure as if turning but dont turn too hard, then even though the steering wheel is locked you will have to try to move it a little, if you parked with your tires turned then you will want to try to turn the wheel in the same direction, (even locked you should be able to move it about a half inch) you will have to turn the wheel hard but it should move enough to allow the key to turn, you may have to jiggle the key a little in the ignition but it should eventually turn, just remember not to try turning the key too hard, the extra force wont make it go but can cause the key to break. this tends to happen when you turn the car off andthe steering wheel gets locked if the wheels are turned hard in either direction. also if multiple attempts at this still dont work, try taking the key out and turning it over and trying again. Even though both sides of the key are identicle, because of wear on the key and the ignition, sometimes when the wheel locks the ignition, it will only turn if the key is put in a certain way. Hope this helps, good luck
Sometimes the mechanical system that locks your steering wheel has too much vehicle weight which can prevent the key from turning. If you can move the vehicle back and forth while someone turn the steering wheel and turn the ignition switch.
Before turning the key, try moving the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key. Sometimes on power steering equipped vehicles when they are turned off and the wheel isn't straight, it will put excess pressure on the ignition lock cylinder. Moving the steering wheel may ferr it up.
grab the steering wheel and turn it left or to the right and sometimes you might have to put a little effort in it but one way the steering wheel will move about 1-2" and as you are moving it with one hand take the other hand and turn the key and it should turn a lot easier.this is a common thing and if you can try to have the wheels straight and try not to use the steering wheel to get in or out of the vehicle and the wheel should not lock and make it so hard on you.you have to use both hands at the same time one moving the wheel and the other one turning the key but start moving the wheel in the in direction that it moves the most then turn the key.
Your steering wheel lock may have your ignition lock cylinder in a bind. Try to move the steering wheel. If it moved back and forth a couple inches freely, this is not your problem. If it does not move freely, then turn it with moderate force to "feel" where the lock pin is. It will move slightly in both directions. Move the wheel so it is in the center of this small amount of travel and turn the key. It should turn now. If this does not work, then you may have to have your steering column disassembled to have the lock cylinder replaced.
is the vehicle out of gear and in the park position? if so try and turn the steering wheel left and right at the same time turn the key back and forth slowly. repeat this proccess several times. also move your shifter back and forth several times slowly. if this doesn't solve the problem, there is a pin inside the steer wheel coloumn that is the problem. you will have to remove the steering wheel column covers to solve this. good luck ....please rate this.......thanks