Key cylinder stopped turning.In disassembling to remove cylinder,all the pins and springs fell out.I was hoping to find a color coded wiring diagram so I can hotwire it to get it home(without using trial and error and maybe toasting something) Pete in Newburgh,N.Y.
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Re: Grand am ignition key cylinder stopped turning.
There are no wires to your key and tumbler. All the key does is pull a rod that is connected to the ignition switch, which is at the bottom of your steering column. I suppose if there is no "chip" on your key, and you can get the steering wheel to turn, you could pull on that rod to get it running.
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The most common problem is your lock cylinder.
The lockcylinder is equipped with spring loaded contact to touch the chip on the key. After years of use the spring collapse.
Disconnect the battery,remove airbag,remove steering wheel, remove column cover,disconnect orange wire under the dash,turn ignition switch to running position and push the locking pin with small pick . Pull the old cylinder out (tight fishing cord to the end of the orange wire before you pul and use the cord to pul the new one back)
Buy AC Delco plain cylinder and rekey to your old key.you're saving money from reprogramming the new key
Install in revers order
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.
On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
Remove the trim shroud halves.
Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON .
Place a 1⁄8 in. (3mm) wire pin in the hole in the casting surrounding the lock cylinder and depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the cylinder.
When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.
o.k... you broke the key off in the cylinder... right... o.k... can you turn the key? it you can... usually you just put the key in the acc position... and just pulls out... now... some ignitions use a pin to keep the cylinder in... just hope you don't have one... because you'll have to pull off the steering wheel and the turn signal switch... just to get to it... them you'll have to get a small screw driver and remove the pin... not easy... any way... just use a big flat head screw driver... and ever so gently... pry out... when you get a new one... reverse the procedure to install... hope this helps man