Question about 1983 Chevrolet Chevy
The key ignition still unlocks the steering wheel but does nothing else except rotate approximately 120 degrees
It appears that the "Accessory" portion of your Ignition Switch is inoperative. What this means is there are 3 various positions on your Ignition Switch, Off, Run and Start. Your "Off" position (from what I gather) is working as it should. The "Start" position is also working in that it sends a signal to your Starter and your Engine Starts up, however this is where the problem occurs. When you release the key from the Start position, it automatically returns to the "Run" position, which ALL your "Accessories" are supposed to remain "On." This tells me the "Ignition Switch" has malfunctioned. This isn't actually where the key is inserted, most cars have a rod going from the Key area to a switch down on top of the steering column that engages various switches and contacts within the Ignition Switch. Some car manufacturers have the Ignition Switch held in with two 8 mm nuts or 5/16", that allow you to slide the Ignition Switch so that the Run, Start and Off positions are in-line.
I would obtain a Haynes Manual for your particular car and this will show you "How to replace or Test your Ignition Switch." To do this without a "Service Manual" will be almost impossible and the Haynes Manual has a section in the back of the Wiring Diagrams of your vehicle. To further diagnose your problem, take a test light or volt meter and when the car is running, ALL the fuses should be "hot", or register voltage or light up the test light...except for the parking light fuse unless you have the lights on while performing this test. If you have No Voltage to your Radio, Fan Switch or anything else, then it's the Ignition Switch caught in-between the Start and Run position insofar as not allowing the 12 volts to power the Accessories in your car.
I hope this helps in resolving your problem. Please feel free to update me at anytime.
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Posted on Nov 24, 2013
Testimonial: "Sorry but the column mounted key device does nothing besides rotate and unlock steering column. It doesn't start the car, doesn't have the spring release from start to run, doesn't turn on any lights, fans, radios, etc. I tried to identify the "rod" mentioned and also the ignition switch but without more information, and/or access to the column, I failed."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hey there B,
I've had a Suburban and I currently have a Blazer (Look at my Pic). Both do this.
Try this even though you tried before.
Look at the front wheels.
Are they , even to the slightest degree facing to the left or right?
Put the keys in. Now as you try to turn the key, turn the steering wheel more in the direction the front wheels are already facing.
There should be some play in that direction.
As you are holding the wheel hard over and working the key, at the same time try moving the cylinder in and out slightly.
This always works for me.
Let me know how it turns out
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
SOURCE: hello, my steering wheel is
All you need to do is turn your steering wheel to the left all the way till it stops then put your key in while still holding the steering wheel to the left, turn the key to the on position this should release your steering wheel!
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
Jiggle the steering wheel straight then proceed to turn key the steering column gets locked and immobile try that guys/ Please rate my response thank you very much
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
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