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Car shuts off when I move my steering column

When i adjusted my steering wheel my car shuts off after I just installed a new battery. I broke my door handle and my battery died cause I didn't have a door key until I got one made recently, and the guy who fixed it had to climb in the drivers side and he put my steering wheel up. Now I started my car and adjusted my wheel to a even position so I can see my dash and my car stops dead, shows brake warning on dash. Help!! What's going on with my 1992 Buick Riveria.

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The wires connecting your ignition switch to your ignition system are cracking. Leave your steering when'll in the upright position until you can get it repaired.

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that sounds like its the ignitionswitch is going bad on the car or its the ignition its self. it could also be a loose wire going to your starter.

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Steering Wheel

All you need is two inexpensive things to fix this. 1. Hammer and 2. WD-40. First, put the key in the ignition and tap it with the hammer. (this should unlock the steering wheel and the iginition) Second, spray some WD-40 in the key opening on the ignition, then put the key in again and proceed to tap it some more with the hammer. (WHEN I SAY TAP THE HAMMER I DO NOT MEAN HIT IT WITH FULL FORCE)... Any who keep put WD-40 and tapping it until you can turn the key without the help of the hammer... (should be at least 4 times) THE PROBLEM IS THAT WITH TIME DEBRI BUILDS UP IN THE IGNITION, AND THIS CAUSES THE STEERING TO LOCK UP WHEN YOU PLACE THE KEY IN THE IGNITION. THE HAMMER UNLOCKS THE SPRINGS IN THE IGNITION AND THE WD-40 CONVERTS THE DEBRI TO LIQUID SO IT CAN CLEAN THE IGNITION...

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SOURCE: play in the steering wheel column after position adjustment

When they did the alignment it's possible that they used a tool that locks the steering wheel straight while it's on the alignment rack.If they put too much pressure on the wheel when they used the steering wheel seat lock tool it may have stressed you tilt lock mech causing it not to lock where you want it.Hope this helps

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Hello, there can be a couple things that might be of concern. Is it the 3.4 or 3.8L engine? While driving, does it feel like the transmission is shifting properly? If it feels like it jerks after a slight delay, its poss it may have a Mass Air Flow sensor that is failing. This sometimes sets a code, turning the check engine light on. With the 3.4 engine, there are 2 sensors that control spark and fuel. The first is the camshaft sensor, located just below the power steering pump, and can cause this concern. There is also a crankshaft sensor that is behind the harmonic balancer, may be at fault. The 3.8 engine also has similar sensors that could be the problem. You described that after it cools slightly that it will restart. This is a fairly easy condition for a good repair shop to diag. They will need to hook up a scanner and let what we call a "Heat soak" the engine to duplicate your concern. When the engine stalls, they can run a couple test to isolate the concern. An easy fix or repair for a Reputable shop.

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SOURCE: Car battery completely dead - Caused the Key to be stuck

Yes. It has to have power to the ignition switch to be able to get the key out. Replace the batttery.

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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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Adjust height of Prizm steering wheel


Some Geo Prism's (and sister car Toyota Corolla) have adjustable steering columns, and some do not. The adjustment lever is on the left side of the steering column, underneath the turn signal arm. Pull this lever out...away from the steering column, and you will feel the entire column loosen for up and down positioning. To re-secure after fine tuning the desired height...push this lever firmly back into position beside the steering column. If your Prism does not have this lever...your car is not equipped with the adjustable optional column. Hope this helps.

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2006 Taurus won't start when door is shut unless I put foot on brake. Others do not have this problem with this car. I'm a small person. Does this have anything to do with this?


Hello, I suspect there is a problem in what is called the "Interlock" system. The way the car is suppose to work is, a foot is suppose to be on the Brake to shift out of Park after the car is running. There is another "Interlock" for the starter which makes sure the car is in Park when you try to start it.

I have seen a few 1988 Lincolns with pressure switches on the seats that would interfere with the car running but not with starting. The switches were bad when they did interfere.

When you use the car you probably adjust the steering column for yourself. There are adjustments in the column for the Ignition switch which go to the Interlock. In simple terms, its like a rod with 2 adjustable ends. The other people who drive your car adjust the steering column and it happens to move the adjustments inside the steering column, so the starter works for them.

You need to have some adjustments made to the Interlock and Ignition switch. The car is suppose to work properly for any position you can possibly put the seats or steering column in. The car should start without anyone in the seat; just turning the key through an open window should allow the starter to work. You should not need any weight on the drivers seat to get the starter to work.

Just have the adjustments made to allow the car to start with the seat close and the steering column tucked in. Test it for yourself before leaving the Repair shop.

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Gas gague shows zero; steering wheel column will not move, fule door will not open from inside; trunk will not open from inside or with the key fob, drivers side seat belt adjustment does not work, buttons...


You probably have a dead battery or a lead from the battery came undone.

I'd suggest taking the battery out and taking it to your local automotive stores and having them test it. If you have another car you can spare, i'd pull the battery from that one and throw it your lexus to verify.

But from the sounds of it, it sounds like you're just dealing with a dead battery.

Good luck!

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1984 pontiac parisienne how to replace ignition switch


The ignition switch is on top of the steering column. You will have to remove the trim piece under the steering column and then loose the 2 bolts (1/2 inch) that holds the steering column. Watch your shift ind if it starts to move you will have to unhook ( silver or black clip with a small cable attached to it). Make sure you unhook the battery and block the wheels to keep the car from rolling. The switch uses the same bolts and the dimmer switch. Remove old switch and install new switch.

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How hard is it to change the Ignition Key Lock Cylinder? Do I need to take off the Steering wheel or does the guts just come out from the Steering Col with a pin, or something?


this is the oldest info I have. should be similar

Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1994 Town Car, Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis. Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Ignition Switch Removal
  1. Disconnect battery ground cable. Remove the upper steering column shroud by removing the four or five self-tapping screws. Remove tilt steering column lock lever (if so equipped).
  1. Remove lower steering column shroud.
  1. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
  1. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder to the RUN position.
  1. Remove the two screws retaining ignition switch.
  1. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.
Installation
NOTE: A new replacement ignition switch assembly will be set in the RUN position as received.
  1. Adjust the ignition switch by sliding the carrier to the ignition switch RUN position.
  1. Check to ensure that the ignition switch lock cylinder is in the RUN position. The RUN position is achieved by rotating the ignition switch lock cylinder approximately 90 degrees from the LOCK position.
  1. Install the ignition switch into the actuator. It may be necessary to move the ignition switch slightly back and forth to align the ignition switch mounting holes with the lock cylinder housing threaded holes.
  1. Install retaining screws. Tighten to 5.6-7.9 Nm (50-69 lb-in).
  1. Connect electrical connector to ignition switch.
  1. Connect battery ground cable. Check ignition switch for proper function, including START and ACC positions. Also, make certain that the column is in the LOCK position.
  1. Install upper steering column shroud.
  1. Install the lower steering column shroud and tilt steering column lock lever (if so equipped).

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Read the owners manual on resetting your door control seat preference this will include steering column and pedal adjustment if installed on your 7.

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Play in the steering wheel column after position adjustment


When they did the alignment it's possible that they used a tool that locks the steering wheel straight while it's on the alignment rack.If they put too much pressure on the wheel when they used the steering wheel seat lock tool it may have stressed you tilt lock mech causing it not to lock where you want it.Hope this helps

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