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Trying to restore 81 trans am with 400 small block Chevy just replace ignition tumbler and I get nothing, lights work but nothing else when I turn the key

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Did you hook up all the fusible links correctly at the starter? If this is tilt steering then also make sure the tilt gear and the ignition drive gear are timed to each other so you get full rod movement to the starter switch located down at/near the bottom of the steering column.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

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SOURCE: ignition tumbler key

Place key into ignition, use a paper clip and press the tiny hole on the switch. Turn the key back towards ACC position and pull the cylinder right out. Reverse procedure to install.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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SOURCE: ignition key won't turn

Sometimes it is the key. On certain vehicles the key has a small chip in it and over time these do get worn out. I would have a locksmith or the dealer cut you another key but please go to a reputable locksmith or dealer. I hope this works for you (it should). If not put another post and I can probably walk you through replacing the cylinder unless you feel more comfortable having a mechanic do it and paying him/her lots of money. Good luck

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Key and tumbler stuck in on position

had the same problem. try to get some graphite powder with the small applicator tube and squirt some in your ignition assembly. sometimes this loosens it up

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: lost key to 1998 Chevy S10 Need to remove&replace tumbler w/o key

With the title and an insurance card your dealer can cut a new key by the VIN if you have never replaced the lock cylinder before. If not it will be remove the column covers, drill out the lock and try not to damage the lock housing. Good Luck

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: replacing ignition switch in 2001 chevy silverado

Not the igniton switch, its the ingition cylinder and or the housing. The switch is not part of what you are really turning. It's connected to it via gears. The common problem is the key gets worn out and the tumblers wear also. Eventualy they do not line up right and will not make the "bar" drop in the cylinder to allow it to turn from the off positon. If you have the title in your name and the key has never been rekeyed or the code has been changed you can go down to a dealership with all of the info for the truck and they can cut you a key from the vin number. You can try that first before you put a cylinder and housing in it.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009

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