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1992 Ford Crown Victoria key broke in ignition how to replace ignition


You will have to remove the steering wheel ( may need steering wheel puller after nut removed ) and the turn signal switch to gain access to a lock pin on the side of the key tumbler assembly , It will either be visible through a small hole or a very thin punch out in the face of the switch housing. push down on the pin and pull the switch straight out ( you need the key installed to allow this function , but as you said it is already there but broken off )

Jan 02, 2016 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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Steering wheel will not lock when key is out


In "old school" cars, the ignition key tumbler assembly had a pin that would initiate the steering wheel lock. I imagine that has not changed. If you have the ignition changed (requiring the expense of the new key as well) it will probably fix the problem. If that is the part that is broken, I doubt it can be fixed without replacement. How important is this for you, really? Good Luck!!

Jun 23, 2014 | 2000 Chrysler LHS

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I have an S 17 1998 Volvo secondary ignition put in lost key only able to make the door key which was the original ignition key at the Volvo dealer so still don't have key how do i unlock the steering...


You will have to remove the lock and then make sure the steering wheel lock is permanently disengaged before putting the column back together without the lock cylinder. While you are there, you can also remove the ignition switch and reconnect it external to the column so you can use it. Here is the procedure: Except 240 Series
See Figures 1 and 2

WARNING
Before working the steering system, read the SRS service precautions in Chassis Electrical .

  1. Place the front wheels in straight-ahead position.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable AND TAPE the cable end.
  3. Remove the air bag assembly.
  4. Remove the steering wheel.
  5. Remove the contact reel assembly.
  6. Remove the combination switch.
  7. Remove the steering column rake adjustment lever using a 0.12 in. (3mm) hex wrench.
  8. Remove the parking plate around the steering tube (4 screws).
  9. Disconnect the ignition lock connector.
  10. Turn the ignition switch to position I .
  11. Take a 0.079 inch (2mm) drift and press down the tumblers in the cylinder.
  12. Remove the lock assembly.
To install:
  1. Install the steering lock assembly.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to position I and press down the tumblers with a suitable drift
  3. Install the lock assembly.
  4. Install the combination switch assembly.
  5. Install the contact reel.
  6. Install the steering wheel.
  7. Install the air bag assembly.

CAUTION
When connecting the battery, make sure that no one is in the vehicle in case of an SRS malfunction causing accidental air bag deployment.

  1. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Check the vehicle operation and SRS system for fault codes.

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Jul 08, 2017 | Volvo Cars & Trucks

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My 2001 PT Cruiser ignition switch will not turn. I have tried moving the steering wheel up and down, moving the steering wheel left to right while trying to turn the ignition on all to no avail. Help.


was the ignition switch getting hard to turn with the key for a while or did this just all of a sudden happen usually the problem has been going of for a while but people just ignore it until it gets to this point,it sounds like the tumblers in the ignition key switch have gone bad and the tumbler assembly needs to be replaced,the new tumbler assembly can keyed to the original key if the key is not worn out.this should be replaced with a new key if it is.

Mar 08, 2011 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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I have a 94 chevy cavalier station wagon i lost the key to the ignition got a key made but it wont turn the dadlfr said i could take the tumbler out and they could set the tumbler to the new key .....1 ...


yes the tumbler cann be re coded make sure if car has air bag i dont reccomend you repair it yourself air bags are extremely dangerous and have to be properly handled

here are the steps to removing steering wheel
ponents, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Section 6.
  1. If equipped, disable the SIR system. For details, please refer to the procedure located in Section 6 of this manual.
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Pull the horn pad from the steering wheel - 1988 Sunbird shown
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Detach the horn electrical connector
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On some earlier model vehicles, you must remove a retaining circlip
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Unfasten the steering shaft nut
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If there are no factory alignment marks, matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft
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Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel from the vehicle
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When installing the steering wheel, make sure the align the matchmarks made during removal
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  1. If not done already, disconnect the negative cable.
  2. Unfasten the retaining screws or pull the pad/center cap from the steering wheel.
  3. Detach the horn lead, then remove remove the retainer (if so equipped).
  4. Unfasten the steering shaft nut.
  5. There should be alignment marks already present on the wheel and shaft. If not, matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
  6. Using a suitable steering wheel puller, remove the wheel from the vehicle. On some vehicles, a horn spring, eyelet and insulator are underneath; don't lose the parts.

To install:

  1. If equipped, install the spring, eyelet and insulator into the tower on the column.
  2. Install the wheel on the shaft, aligning the matchmarks. Install the shaft nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  3. Install the retainer.
  4. Attach the horn lead, then install the pad or center cap.
  5. If equipped, make sure to enable the SIR system as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable
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Jan 19, 2011 | Chevrolet Cavalier Cars & Trucks

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1997 GMC Sierra the steering wheel is locked


If you remove the air bag you must disconnect the battery first and wait 5 miunts to work on it. if the tumbler is damaged you will need to remove the horn button then the or the air bag then remove 3 screws that hold the horn assembly then remove the steering wheel nut then you will have to rent a steering wheel puller pull the steering wheel off then you can get to the tumbeler assembly, one there remove one screw that holds key lock assembly in place then with a flat tip screw driver see if you can turn the slot in the stering wheel, if you can turn it then there is a problem with the tumbler assembly and you can by one at any auto parts store with 2 keys for about $15.00 if it still will not turn then the two nuts that hold the steering whel on will have to be dropped then the steering wheel will have to be lowerered and the clip for the gear shift string has to be removed then drop the steering wheel down and look at the rod tthat operates the key switch. Is the rod bent? straighten it and try turning it again, does it turn? if yes you found the problem if not you can luberacate the switch on the steering wheel and see if you can get it to free up once it does put it back together like you took it apart, if it won't turn you will have to replace the strat switch on the steering cloumbe. if you need help just reply to this answer and I will get back to you thanks for using fix-ya.

Jul 14, 2010 | 1997 GMC Sierra

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How to change a tumbler we changed the ignition cilinder and it will turn but only in the direction of acc and not start position. is there a pin or something we are not seeing


Ignition lock cylinder removal


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WARNING On vehicles with air bags, disable the SIR system. The vehicles wheels must be in the straight ahead position and the key must be in the LOCK position when removing or installing the steering column. Failure to do so may cause the SIR coil assembly to become uncentered and may result in otherwise unneeded SIR repairs.


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If equipped, properly disable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  3. Remove the left side lower trim panel.
  4. Remove the steering column-to-support screws and lower the steering column.
  5. Unplug the dimmer switch and turn signal switch connectors.
  6. Remove the wiring harness-to-firewall nuts.
  7. Remove the steering column-to-steering gear bolt and remove the steering column from the vehicle.
  8. Remove the combination switch.
  9. Place the lock cylinder in the RUN position.
  10. Remove the steering shaft assembly and turn signal switch housing as an assembly.
  11. Using the terminal remover tool No. J 35689A or equivalent, label and unplug the wires F and G on the connector at the buzzer switch assembly from the turn signal switch electrical harness connector.
  12. With the lock cylinder in the RUN position, remove the buzzer switch.
  13. Place the lock cylinder in the ACCESSORY position, remove the lock cylinder retaining screw, and remove the lock cylinder.
  14. Remove the dimmer switch nut/bolt, the dimmer switch, and the actuator rod.
  15. Remove the dimmer switch mounting stud (the mounting nut was attached to it).
  16. Remove the ignition switch-to-steering column screws and the ignition switch.
  17. Remove the lockbolt screws and the lockbolt.
  18. Remove the switch actuator rack and ignition switch.
  19. Remove the steering shaft lock and spring.
To install:
  1. To install the lockbolt, lubricate it with lithium grease and install the lockbolt, spring and retaining plate.
  2. Lubricate the teeth on the switch actuator rack, install the rack and the ignition switch through the opening in the steering bolt until it rests on the retaining plate.
  3. Install the steering column lock cylinder set by holding the barrel of the lock cylinder, inserting the key and turning the key to the ACCESSORY position.
  4. Install the lock set in the steering column while holding the rack against the lockplate.
  5. Install the lock retaining screw. Insert the key in the lock cylinder and turn the lock cylinder to the START position and the rack will extend.
  6. Center the slotted holes on the ignition switch mounting plate and install the ignition switch mounting screw and nut.
  7. Install the dimmer switch and actuator rod into the center slot on the switch mounting plate.
  8. Install the buzzer switch and turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position. Push the switch in until it is bottomed out with the plastic tab that covers the lock retaining screw.
  9. Install the steering shaft and turn signal housing as an assembly.
  10. Install the turn signal switch. Install the steering wheel to the column, and tighten the steering shaft nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  11. Install the steering column in the vehicle. Connect all electrical leads. Install the lower trim panels.
  12. Connect the negative battery cable.
  13. If equipped, properly enable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  14. Check steering column operations.

May 09, 2010 | 1993 Buick Regal

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Need to remove ignition switch in my 1986 cutless to put new one in. how do I remove the old one.


Removal & Installation
NOTE This is an extremely difficult and lengthy procedure. You must remove the steering column from the vehicle and disassemble major portions of it. Because the column is collapsible in an accident, it is necessary that it be handled with care to avoid distortion of major parts. It must not be dropped, hammered on or even leaned on, or vitally important parts may deform. The procedure for replacing the ignition switch on tilt type columns is not included here because it involves substantial additional work and the use of several expensive special tools. Unless you are rather experienced, we recommend that the job be left to a competent professional mechanic.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the clamp bolt from the steering coupling at the lower end of the steering column shaft (located near the steering box, under the hood).
  2. Disconnect the shift linkage from the shift tube lever at the lower end of the column.
  3. Remove the steering wheel with a puller, as described above.
  4. Remove the left sound insulator and lower column cover.
  5. Remove the trim cap or lower trim panel from the instrument panel, depending on equipment.
  6. Remove the steering column cover and toe-pan attaching screws. Remove the shift indicator needle from the shift bowl.
  7. Securely support the column in position and remove the two nuts attaching the column to the underside of the instrument panel.
  8. Lower the column carefully, being careful to retain any spacers that may have been used in order. Disconnect the wiring. Then, carefully remove the column from the inside of the vehicle.
  9. Begin disassembling the column, removing the lock plate, canceling cam, and turn signal switch. See the "Turn Signal" Removal & Installation procedure above.
  10. Remove the ignition lock and key warning switch as described below.
  11. Remove the spring and bolt assembly, and the associated thrust washer. Then, remove the rack preload spring, switch rack, and actuator assembly.
  12. Remove the upper shift lever spring. Then, remove the gear shift lever bowl.
  13. Remove the shift bowl shroud and bowl lower bearing.
  14. Unhook and remove the dimmer switch actuating rod. Remove the attaching nut and remove the dimmer switch.
  15. Remove the attaching screw and stud and remove the ignition switch, disassembling the actuating rod from the hole in the sliding actuator.

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Replacing the ignition switch

To install:
  1. Move the ignition switch sliding actuator all the way to the left (ACC) position. Then, move it two detents (OFF-UNLOCK) position to the right.
  2. Then, position the actuating rod hole in the sliding actuator, and install the ignition switch, stud, and mounting screw.
  3. Install the dimmer switch with its attaching nut tightened only loosely. Then, depress the switch slightly until you can insert a 3/32 in. drill through the hole in the switch housing and slider. Force the switch upward to remove any lash and tighten the mounting screw with the switch in this position.
  4. Put the shifter in NEUTRAL and install the shift lever.
  5. Install the shift bowl shroud and bowl lower bearing.
  6. Install the rack preload spring, switch rack, and actuator assembly. Install the spring and bolt assembly, and the associated thrust washer.
  7. Install the ignition lock and key warning switch as described below.
  8. Reinstall the column into the vehicle. Make sure when assembling the lower and upper dash covers that they can slide on the column. If the bracket which mounts the column to the dash has been removed, install the bolts in this order:
    • Left rear
    • Left front
    • Right front
    • Right rear
Tighten the bolts just snug to avoid distorting the column.
  1. Install the switch connector to the ignition switch. Then, position the column in the body and support it there. Install the lockwashers and nuts for the coupling and tighten them. Then, loosely assemble the nuts fastening the mounting bracket for the column to the lower side of the instrument panel.
  2. Position the lower cover to the firewall and ensure that the cover is lined up by starting the left lower screw. Then, install and tighten the right lower screw. Then, tighten the left lower screw. Finally, install and tighten the two screws that fit into the top of the cover.
  3. Tighten first the screw for the left side of the cover clamp; then tighten the screw for the right side of the cover clamp. Finally, install and tighten the remaining cover screws.
  4. Finally, tighten the nuts fastening the column to the underside of the dash. Reinstall the bolt for the steering coupling clamp.
  5. Install the lock plate, canceling cam, and turn signal switch. See the "Turn Signal" Removal & Installation procedure in this section.
  6. Connect the wiring.
  7. Securely support the column in position and install the two nuts attaching the column to the underside of the instrument panel.
  8. Install the shift indicator needle from the shift bowl. Install the steering column cover and toe-pan attaching screws.
  9. Install the trim cap or lower trim panel to the instrument panel, depending on equipment.
  10. Install the left sound insulator and lower column cover.
  11. Install the steering wheel, as described above.
  12. Connect the shift linkage to the shift tube lever at the lower end of the column.
  13. Install the clamp bolt to the steering coupling at the lower end of the steering column shaft (located near the steering box, under the hood).
  14. Connect the negative battery cable and check all column operations for free movement and smooth operation.

Feb 15, 2010 | 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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R&R Steering Wheel Assembly and/or Steering Column Assembly


if you disconnect the battery and let it sit awhile this will disable the airbag.

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