This has been a problem for over a year, but it has worsen. I have to move the key back and forth and jiggle it in order to get the car started. What do I need to replace to solve this problem? Ignition lock cyclinder? Steering column?
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Re: The ignition switch does not turn over
If it is a chevy then the ignition switch is down by the bottom of the steering column. There will be a rod coming from the top of the column to the ignition switch. Some times all it needs is to be adjusted. It is held on by 2 bolts. With the key in the off setting, loosen the 2 bolts and move the switch back a little and then tighten them up. keep doing this in tell it works every time. If it still does not work then you should replace the switch.
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Have you tried turning the steering wheel back & forth?Even if its locked,you can still move it 1-2" which is usually enough to get the ignition key out.You can also try to squirt some graphite down into the ignition key lock cylinder, between the ignition key and lock cylinder key slot.Graphite is a powdered metal lubricant that comes in a small tube or plastic container. You can also try turning the key on,putting the transmission in neutral, rocking the car a little,put it back in park then try extracting the key.
Try turning the steering wheel and jiggling the key and lock back and forth while gently applying the brake pedal. The gearshift lever may also be the problem. Try moving it slightly while turning the key. Make sure you jiggle towards the off position or your starter might catch and spin.
Without taking the ignition apart, you will really have to do some work, what you might want to do is get in the passenger side, grab the key with a good set of pliers, and get some leverage. If you grab, move the key back and forth while jiggling the wheel, the lock should come loose and the key should slide out. Be careful not to turn the key too far, because then you'll break it off, hope that works.