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To fix your problem, you have to turn the steering wheel either to the
left or right as much as you can, then try to turn the key in the
ignition. When the steering wheel locks, the key won't turn. By manually
holding the steering wheel out of the lock position, the key will turn
again and you're steering column will be back to normal.
IGNITION SWITCH AND LOCK CYLINDER BROKEN. YOU NEED TO TURN OFF RADIO THEN DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE WAIT 20 MINUTES UNTIL AIRBAGS DISCHARGE THEN LOWER STEERING COLUMN DONT LET COLUMN ROTATE DAMAGE SIR COIL.YOU NEED TO REMOVE 2 TORX SCREWS FROM UPPER SHROUD.LIFT UPPER SHROUD FOR ACCESS TO THE LOCK CYLINDER.HOLD KEY IN THE START POSITION AND USE A 1/16 INCH ALLEN WRENCH TO PUSH ON THE LOCK CYLINDER RETAINING PIN.RELEASE THE KEY TO THE RUN POSITION AND PULL THE STEERING COLUMN LOCK CYLINDER SET FROM THE MODULE ASSEMBLY.REMOVE THE UPPER SHROUD. THEN INSTALL THE UPPER SHROUD AND NEW LOCKCYLINDER WITH THE KEY INSTALLED TO THE LOCK CYLINDER AND TURN TO THE RUN POSITION MAKE SURE SECTOR IN THE LOCK MODULE IS ALSO IN THIS POSITION. INSTALL THE LOCK CYLINDER TO THE UPPER SHROUD THEN ALIGN THE LOCKING TAB AND POSITIONING TAB WUTH THE SLOTS IN THE LOCK MODULE ASSEMBLY WITH THE TABS ALIGNED CAREFULLY PUSH THE CYLINDER INTO POSITION. INSTALL THE UPPER SHROUD TORX HEAD RETAINING SCREWS AND TORQUE TO 12 INCH POUNDS. INSTALL THE LOWER SHROUD MAKING SURE THE SLOTS ON THE SHROUD ENGAGE WITH THE UPPER SHROUD TABS TILT THE LOWER SHROUD UPWARD AND SNAP THE SHROUDS TOGETHER. INSTALL 2 LOWER SHROUD PAN HEAD RETAINING SCREWS AND TORQUE TO 53 INCH LBS. MOVE THE SHIFT AND MULTIFUNCTION LEVER SEALS INTO POSITION THEN IF REMOVED INSTALL THE TILT LEVER BY ALIGNING AND PUSHING INWARD.POSITION THE SECURE THE STEERING COLUMN. PROPERLY ENABLE THE AIRBAGS SYSTEM BY RECONNECTING NEGATIVE BATTERY WAIT 5 MINUTES BEFORE STARTING VECHICLE AIRBAGS LIGHT WILL TURN OFF AFTER FEW SECONDS WHILE ENGINE RUNNING WHEN YOU FIRST START ENGINE.
Sounds like the ignition switch has gone kaput. The ignition switch come in two pieces, an electrical switch and a mechanical switch.
The switch electrical portion can be replaced separatly from the mechanical portion (tumbler that the key engages). It is not a real difficult repair but requires some mechanical knowlege of how the column is assembled.
This can be verified with electrical test equipment prior to buying a new electrical switch.
The ignition key cylinder in a Buick
unlocks the ignition and allows the Buick's engine to start. The
cylinder contains a switch on the end of it (inside the cylinder) that
sends an electric signal to the starter motor. When the ignition key
cylinder fails, the Buick won't start. When this happens, you'll need a
new ignition cylinder. Purchase replacement cylinders from Buick. Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Remove the screws on the bottom of the steering column on
your Buick. These screws hold the steering column cover on. You may need
to tilt the steering wheel to its highest position to access these
Turn the ignition key to the "II" position in the ignition cylinder.
Slide the punch pin into the access slot on the bottom of the ignition cylinder.
Push the pin all the way into the access slot while you pull the ignition cylinder out of the steering column.
Insert the new ignition cylinder into the steering column with the key in the "II" position on the cylinder.
Push the cylinder into the column until it "clicks," indicating that it is locked into the column.
FIRST OF ALL, TURN OFF RADIO,DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE. IF EQUIPPED WITH TILT STEERING COLUMN,REMOVE TILT LEVER.CAREFULLY REMOVE THE UPPER AND LOWER STEERING COLUMN COVERS. REMOVE THE 3 TAMPER PROOF TORX IGNITION SWITCH MOUNTING SCREWS USING SNAP ON TOOL TTXR15A2 OR EQUIVALENT. GENTLY PULL THE SWITCH AWAY FROM THE COLUMN AND REMOVE THE 2 ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS FROM THE IGNITION SWITCH. WITH THE KEY IN THE LOCK POSITION, DEPRESS THE KEY CYLINDER RETAINING PIN FLUSH WITH THE KEY CYLINDER SURFACE. ROTATE THE KEY CLOCKWISE TO THE OFF POSITION THE KEY CYLINDER SHOULD NOW BE UNSEATED. ROTATE THE KEY CYLINDER COUNTER CLOCKWISE BACK TO THE LOCK POSITION, AND REMOVE THE LOCK CYLINDER. ( TO INSTALL ) CONNECT THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS TO THE IGNITION SWITCH. BE SURE THE CONNECTORS ARE SECURELY LOCKED IN PLACE. MOUNT THE IGNITION SWITCH TO THE COLUMN 3 SCREWS FOR VECHICLES WITH THE TILT STEERING COLUMN THE SHIFTER MUST BE IN THE PARK POSITION AND THE PARK LOCK DOWEL PIN AND THE COLUMN LOCK FLAG MUST BE INDEXED BEFORE THE SWITCH IS INSTALLED. PLACE SHIFTER IN THE PARK POSITION. PLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH IN THE LOCK POSITION. THE SWITCH IS IN THE LOCK POSITION WHEN THE STEERING COLUMN LOCK FLAG IS PARALLEL TO THE IGNITION SWITCH TERMINALS. POSITION THE PARK LOCK DOWEL PIN OF THE IGNITION SWITCH SO IT ENGAGES THE STEERING COLUMN PARK LOCK SLIDER LINKAGE. APPLY A LIGHT COATING OF GREASE TO THE PARK LOCK DOWEL PIN AND THE COLUMN LOCK FLAG. POSITION THE IGNITION SWITCH AGAINST THE LOCK HOUSING OPENING ON THE STEERING COLUMN. BE SURE THE SWITCH PARK LOCK DOWEL PIN ENTERS THE SLOT IN THE PARK LOCK SLIDER LINKAGE INSTALL THE RETAINING SCREW AND BRACKET. TORQUE THE SCREW TO 26 INCH LBS. INSTALL THE STEERING COLUMN COVERS AND THE TILT LEVER IF REMOVED. WITH THE KEY CYLINDER AND THE IGNITION IN THE LOCK POSITION INSTALL THE KEY CYLINDER INTO THE SWITCH UNTIL IT BOTTOMS. RECONNECT THE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE AND THE CHECK THE IGNITION SWITCH FOR PROPER OPERATION OF HALO LIGHT SHIFT LOCK IF EQUIPPED AND COLUMN LOCK.ALSO CHECK FOR PROPER OPERATION OF THE IGNITION SWITCH ACCESSORY, LOCK OFF, RUN AND START FUNCTIONS.
hi from uk please try this ? with key removed try gently turning steerwheel to the right if you feel a slight spring in steering ? hold on the spring and insert key it should work and release lockand turn ign on ? if steering is springing on left ? try as above the same method not unusual for steer lock to prevent turning key as the steering even in straight position ? the necessity to gently release load on lock is req'd to allow key to turn/unlock the steering lock from the steering column practice doing the above each time you fit key to unlock steering and tuning ign on to start hope this helps