Ignition key will not release from steering column
I have a 1990 honda integra xsi. when i turn the car off, it is difficult to remove the key. i must wait a few minutes and then it will turn fully to the off position & then can be removed. also the car will lock itself in "park". it takes a key to be inserted into the slot next to the shifter and a button pressed to move the shift lever.
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Re: ignition key will not release from steering column
Your tumbler is sticking and the park neutral saftey switch isnt working properly youll need to replace them heres a couple cheap places for those parts: www.ebay.com peach street auto 18003652341 www.godspeedmotorsportsonline.com
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The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder removal. The key cylinder must be removed first before removing ignition switch.REMOVAL 1. Disconnect negative battery cable at battery. 2. If equipped with an automatic transmission, place shifter in PARK position. 3. Rotate key to ON position.4. A release tang is located on bottom of key cylinder.5. Position a small screwdriver or pin punch into tang access hole on bottom of steering column lower cover.INSTALLATION 1. If equipped with an automatic transmission, place shifter in PARK position. 2. Position key cylinder into steering column as it would normally be in the ON position. 3. Press key cylinder into column until it snaps into position. 4. Check mechanical operation of switch. Automatic Transmission: Be sure transmission lever is locked in PARK position after key removal. If key is difficult to rotate or is difficult to remove, the shift lever-to-steering column cable may be out of adjustment or defective. If key can be removed, release lever mechanism may be defective. Release lever mechanism is not serviced separately. If repair is necessary, the steering column must be replaced. 5. Connect negative cable to battery. 6. Check electrical operation of switch.
1990-94 Cabriolet,1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta
Fig. Lock cylinder drill point.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 inch (3mm) deep
Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.
Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
Connect the battery cable.
1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Center the steering wheel.
Remove the air bag.
Remove the steering column switches.
If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
Detach the sheer bolt.
Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.
Ignition Lock Cylinder - Removal & Installation
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be
disarmed before working around the air bag or SIR wiring. Failure to do
so may cause accidental deployment of the air bag, resulting in
unnecessary SIR system repairs and/or personal injury.
Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable from the battery.
In order to disarm the air bag system, allow the SIR system
capacitor to discharge for at least 2 minutes, before performing any
Remove the screws that secure the parking brake release handle to the instrument panel.
Remove the screws that secure the bottom of the lower steering column cover to the instrument panel.
Disengage the retaining clip that holds the right side of the lower steering column cover to the instrument panel.
Remove the lower steering column cover from the vehicle.
Remove the mounting screws that hold the upper and lower steering column shrouds and remove the lower steering column shroud.
Install the ignition key and turn the key cylinder to the
position. This is important because it will not only aid
in removal of the ignition lock, but will also place the socket (in the
lock cylinder housing) in proper alignment for the installation of the
replacement ignition lock.
Press in the lock cylinder retaining tab and remove the key cylinder (ignition lock).
Fig. Depress the retaining tab to remove the key cylinder
Install the ignition key into the replacement ignition lock key cylinder. Turn the key to the
position. Depress the ignition lock key cylinder retaining tab.
Align the shaft at the end of the ignition lock cylinder with the socket in the end of the ignition lock cylinder housing.
Align the ignition lock cylinder with the grooves in the lock
cylinder housing. Push the ignition lock cylinder into the housing until
the retaining tab sticks through the opening in the lock cylinder
Turn the ignition key to the
position and remove the key.
Install the lower steering column shroud and install the mounting screws.
Place the lower steering column cover into correct position on the
lower instrument panel and engage the clip that secures the right side
of the cover to the instrument panel.
Install the lower steering column mounting screws.
Install the mounting screws that hold the parking brake release handle to the instrument panel.
hopefully that does not have tilt steering which makes the job somewhat more difficult. the same thing happened with a van i owned. there are small arms inside the steering column that move with the key to move the ignition switch.
to confirm it is broken locate the ignition switch on the column. remove it then turn the key. if the piece that normally moves that switch doesn't... than it is broken.
first unhook the battery.
about the only way to get at it is to remove the steering wheel. there are more parts behind that that have to be removed. then you will get to what is basically and end cap. remove that and slide out the parts and install the new arm(s) mine was a 2 piece.
basically you just need to bolt it back up and reinstall the key cylinder and you are good to go. hook up the battery again and you should have a working vehicle.
the tilt springs can be held together with a c clamp. it is tricky but you will see as you attempt it.
If your Ford Focus is not starting, and you know the battery and alternator are good, the
problem could lie in the ignition system. The ignition switch is a
whole cylinder inserted into the steering column that connects to the
starter motor. When you change an ignition switch, you are also
replacing the key.
Remove the dashboard panel below the steering column in your
car; it should be screwed in place. Remove the steering column's upper
cover by releasing its clips with a flat-head screwdriver.
for the audio control switch---a small device sticking out of the
steering column that acts like a remote control. If one exists, release
the switch's plastic locking tang with the screwdriver, and unplug the
electrical connector to remove the switch.
the steering column by releasing the locking lever, and remove the
steering column's lower cover by pulling out the screws with the
your ignition key to turn the switch to the left---the position that
would activate the accessories but not start the car. Insert the
screwdriver into the hole in the top of the cylinder to depress the
detent spring, and pull out the cylinder with the key inside.
the new key into the new ignition switch, and line up the switch inside
the steering column so it's in the same place the old switch was in
when you removed it. Make sure the detent locks into place; then turn
the switch so it's in the "Off" position.
all the covers and panels you removed to access the cylinder, along
with the audio control switch, if applicable, in reverse order of
Things You'll Need:
Small flat-head screwdriver
Ignition switch and key
Tips & Warnings
Ford Focus models may have a different method of removing and changing
the ignition switch. Check an automotive guide for your particular year
disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before working on the
ignition or any other electrical component of your car.
I hope helped with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.
Remove panel under steering wheel. Put key in cylinder and turn back to accessory position. Looking under lower part of steering column locate a small pin under the key cylinder. While depressing the pin turn the key backwards and pull the entire cylinder with key out of column. Good luck.
Insert the key in the lock cylinder and turn it to the ON position.
Fig. 1: Using a pair of needle nose pliers, remove the key warning buzzer switch and contacts from the steering column
Remove the key warning buzzer switch and contacts AS AN ASSEMBLY using needle-nosed pliers, or a paper clip with a 90° bend.
Fig. 2: Lock cylinder retaining screwSome
steering columns may have a retaining screw holding the lock cylinder
in the column. When servicing this type, simply remove the retaining
screw and remove the lock cylinder. Fig. 3: Using a small thin bladed tool, press in the ignition lock clinder retaining tab ...Fig. 4: ... then pull out the lock cylinder from the steering column
With the ignition switch still in the ON
position, insert a thin screwdriver into the slot adjacent to the
switch attaching screw boss (right-hand slot). Depress the spring latch
located at the bottom of the slot to release the lock cylinder.
To install the lock cylinder, turn the key to the LOCK
position. Insert the lock cylinder in to the housing far enough to
contact the drive tang. Force it inward and move the ignition switch
actuator rod up and down to align the components. When the components
align, the cylinder will move inward and the spring-loaded retainer
will snap into place locking the lock cylinder in the housing.
If the lock cylinder is retained by a screw, tighten the screw to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
Install the key warning buzzer switch.
Follow the ignition switch installation procedures to adjust the ignition switch.
Install the turn signal switch.
With Air Bag Please refer to the ignition switch removal and installation procedure.