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Have it towed to a shop to get fixed.

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temporary solution is to put the key in the ignition and tap on the end that attaches to the ring vdery gently with something like a pocket knife. this allows the pin to fall into place and work better. try to keep the key in an unbound... not against either the clockwise limit or counterclockwise limit.... as you are tapping. if this works, lubricate the lock and get it to a locksmith before it quits working all together and the lock needs to be drilled

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Try turning the wheel slightly and turning the key, this will relieve pressure off the steering lock mechanism. If that doesn't work, try tapping the key. That is a common problem on 99-05 Caravans

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Slop in the actual steering wheel is a result of either bad bearings, universal joints, or the brackets that hold it together. Take the covers off of the column and you should be able to see what is wrong with it.

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You need to rebuild the steering column and tighten all the tilt parts up that have worked loose over the years.
Here is a guide to do that. The video at this link is of a truck repair but the columns are the same in both and use the same procedures and special tools to repair.

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Steering column won't unlock


The front wheels are at a angle putting pressure on the steering lock , rock the steering wheel from side to side while turning the key.

Mar 27, 2015 | 1996 Toyota Camry

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Okay, my boyfriend owns a 2000 ford f-250 super duty and your prolly wondering as to why im asking about this instead of him ... well im more mechanically inclined then he is lol funny huh... okay heres...


It sounds like the shift tube bushings are worn out. There are usually 2 u shaped clamps that have nylon bushings that hold the shift tube to the steering clumn. If loose, that throws off the shift position, could be btween 2 gears at once, and throws off the park - neutral safety switch. Fix that first.


snorkelbobby_53.gif Item Part Number Description 1 14A664 Air Bag Sliding Contact 2 3530 Upper Steering Column Shroud 3 3518 Steering Column Bearing Sleeve 4 3517 Steering Column Bearing 5 3511 Steering Column Lock Cylinder Housing 6 13K359 Multi-Function Switch 7 N808114 Pin 8 N805857 Steering Column Release Lever Pin 9 3D544 Steering Column Release Lever 10 3F609 Tilt Wheel Handle and Shank 11 7361 Column Shift Selector Lever Plunger 12 7210 Gearshift Lever 13 3D657 Steering Column Shaft 14 7B071 Transmission Control Selector Lever Plunger Spring 15 7G357 Gearshift Lever Pin 16 7212 Transmission Column Shift Selector Tube 17 N806582 Tilt Column Pivot Screw 18 7C464 Transmission Control Selector Lever Spring Clip 19 7E400 Gearshift Tube Bushing Clamp 20 - Spacer (Fixed Column) 21 3E729 Steering Shaft (Fixed Column) 22 3F527 Lever Assembly (Manual Transmission) 23 3F530 Pin (Manual Transmission) 24 3F752 Brake Shift Interlock Solenoid 25 7335 Gearshift Lever Socket Bushing 26 7A216 Transmission Shift Selector Position Insert 27 7302 Transmission Selector Lever Arm and Support 28 7E395 Shift Cable and Bracket 29 7210 Gearshift Lever 30 3E691 Steering Column Shift Lock Pawl 31 7W441 Gearshift Lever Pin 32 3676 Steering Column Instrument Panel Bracket 33 3D681 Steering Column Lower Bearing Retainer 34 3517 Steering Column Bearing Sleeve 35 3L539 Steering Column Bearing Tolerance Ring 36 3C674 Steering Column Lower Bearing Spring 37 3C131 Sensor Ring 38 3518 Steering Column Bearing 39 N806423-S56 Steering Column Retaining Nuts 40 14A163 Wiring Harness Retainer 41 3F723 Steering Actuator Housing 42 3B663 Steering Column Lock Lever Pin 43 11572 Ignition Switch 44 3D655 Steering Column Position Spring 45 3D653 Steering Column Locking Lever (LH) 46 3B768 Steering Column Position Lock Spring 47 3B662 Steering Column Locking Lever (RH) 48 3E715 Lower Steering Column Lock Actuator 49 3E696 Steering Column Lock Spring 50 3E691 Steering Column Shaft Lock Pawl 51 3E723 Upper Steering Column Lock Lever Actuator 52 3E695 Steering Column Lock Cam 53 3D656 Steering Column Tilt Flange Bumper 54 14A163 Wiring Harness Retainer 55 391727-S304 Shroud Screws 56 3530 Steering Column Shroud 57 3E717 Steering Column Lock Gear 58 3E700 Steering Column Lock Housing Bearing 59 3C610 Bearing Retainer 60 11582 Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder 61 3L539 Steering Column Tolerance Ring 62 3520 Steering Column Upper Bearing Spring 63 3C610 Snap Ring

Apr 05, 2011 | 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cabs

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On my altima 96 when I'm parking or turning extremely slow the steering wheel somewhat locks


Hi, can you tell if it's the lock in the steering column or something with the power steering instead? If it feels like the power steering, check the belt for looseness and tighten as needed. If it feels like it's in the column, your locking assembly may be coming loose inside. Below is a procedure for removing the steering wheel lock for inspection. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION The steering lock/ignition switch/warning buzzer switch assembly is attached to the steering column by special bolts whose heads shear off upon installation. The bolts must be drilled out to remove the assembly or be removed with an appropriate tool. The bolts may also be removed with a hammer and chisel by notching the bolts and tapping them counterclockwise with the hammer and chisel.
The ignition switch or warning switch can be replaced without removing the steering lock assembly. The ignition switch is on the back of the assembly and the warning switch is on the side.


CAUTION The models covered by this guide may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .

  1. Disable the air bag system by disconnecting the negative battery cable and waiting at least 10 minutes, prior to starting this procedure.
  2. Remove the steering column covers.
  3. Remove the steering wheel.
  4. Remove the spiral cable assembly.
  5. Remove the combination switch from the steering column.
  6. Remove the steering column support nuts and lower the steering column.
  7. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
  8. Remove the bolts that secure the steering lock and remove the steering lock assembly.

To install:
  1. Install the steering lock assembly and secure with new shear type bolts.
  2. Connect the ignition switch wiring harness.
  3. Raise the steering column and secure with mounting nuts. Tighten the mounting nuts to 11-14 ft. lbs. (15-19 Nm).
  4. Install the spiral cable assembly.
  5. Install the combination switch.
  6. Install the steering column covers.
  7. Install the steering wheel.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable.

Apr 04, 2011 | 1996 Nissan Altima

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Hi, i have 1991 mazda protege. I accidentally broke my key in the ignition lock and now i was wondering how do you take off the ignition lock cylinder? p.s key was pretty worn down already


Ignition Switch/Lock Cylinder REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION CAUTION
Some models covered by this manual may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Section 6. The ignition lock is an integral component of the steering lock mechanism. If the ignition lock must be replaced, perform the following procedure. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the ignition switch/lock cylinder assembly 89548g14.gif
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Millenia
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly disarm the air bag system.
  3. Remove the rear console box, brake boot and center panel (disconnect the harness connectors).
  4. Remove the rear console.
  5. Remove the undercover, glove compartment and compartment cover.
  6. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
  7. Tilt the steering shaft down. Remove the cap and panel light control switch. Remove the meter hood mounting screws. Pull the meter hood forward to disengage the clips.
  8. Remove the instrument cluster,
  9. Remove the drivers side air bag and the steering wheel.
  10. Remove the combination switch.
  11. Remove the passenger side air bag mounting bolts, electrical connector and remove the air bag module.
  12. Remove the hood panel release lever. Pull the side panel forward to disengage the clips, remove the side panel.
  13. Remove the side covers.
  14. Remove the dashboard mounting bolts, pull the dashboard up and forward and remove.
  15. Remove the steering shaft.
  16. Remove the screw and the ignition switch and disconnect the ignition switch connector.
  17. Using a chisel and a hammer make a groove in the heads of the steering lock mounting bolts. Remove the bolts and the steering lock assembly. To install:
  18. Install the steering lock mechanism to the steering column jacket. Make sure that the lock operates correctly. Install new mounting bolts and tighten the bolts till the heads break off.
  19. Reconnect the ignition switch connector to the ignition switch and install the ignition switch to the steering lock mechanism with the screw.
  20. Replace the dashboard close to its mounts and connect all harness connectors. Install all mounting bolts. Torque to 14-18 ft. lbs. (19-25 Nm).
  21. Install the side covers.
  22. Instal the side panels.
  23. Install the steering shaft and torque the mounting bolts to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
  24. Connect the passenger side air bag module electrical connector and replace the module to the dash and install the mounting bolts.
  25. Install the combination switch on the steering column.
  26. Install the steering wheel and drivers side air bag module.
  27. Install the instrument cluster.
  28. Install the meter hood.
  29. Install the upper and lower steering column covers.
  30. Install the glove compartment cover, compartment and the undercover.
  31. Install the rear console, bracket, center panel, brake lever boot and the rear console box.
  32. Reconnect the negative battery cable,
  33. Place the steering column securely on a workbench. Use a chisel and hammer to make slots in the head of the lock screws. Remove the screws.
Except Millenia
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If equipped, disarm and remove the air bag.
  3. Remove the steering wheel and the combination switch.
  4. Remove the steering column by performing the following:
    1. Remove the driver's side under dash covers.
    2. If equipped, disconnect the key interlock cable from the steering column.
    3. Detach any remaining electrical wire harness connectors from the column.
    4. Remove the upper column-to-dash mounting bolts. Support the steering column.
    5. Remove the intermediate shaft-to-steering column shaft coupling bolt and remove the steering column-to-firewall bracket bolts/nuts.
    6. Remove the steering column from the vehicle.
  5. Place the steering column securely on a workbench. Use a chisel and hammer to make slots in the head of the lock screws. Remove the screws.
  6. Remove the ignition lock assembly. To install:
  7. Position the ignition lock and bracket on the steering column.
  8. Install the new screws until the head twists off. Make sure the lock operates properly while tightening the new locking screws.
  9. The remainder of the installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Feb 12, 2011 | 1993 Mazda Protege

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Key wont turn in ignition, steering column not locked?


You said the steering column is not locked, so I assume you have tried turning the steering wheel from side to side while you try to turn the key. Have you tried pulling the key out very slightly, or pushing it in harder?

Dec 05, 2010 | Pontiac Montana SV6 Cars & Trucks

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How to change 1999 VW cabrio ignition lock cylinder. How do I get the cylinder out of the aluminum housing?


autozone.com has a free repair guide, see below

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

1990-94 Cabriolet,1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta


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Fig. Lock cylinder drill point.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
  3. Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
  4. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
  5. 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
  6. 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.

To install:
  1. Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
  2. While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
  3. Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
  4. Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
  5. Connect the battery cable.

1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Center the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the air bag.
  4. Remove the steering column switches.
  5. If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
  6. Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
  7. Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
  8. Detach the sheer bolt.
  9. Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
  10. Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
  11. Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
  12. Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
  13. Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
  14. Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
  15. While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
  16. The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.


NOTE Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.

Oct 08, 2010 | 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio

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Now to install igintion switch


Removal & Installation The ignition switch or warning switch can be replaced without removing the steering lock assembly. The ignition switch is on the back of the assembly and the warning switch on the side.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and insulate the terminal end.

CAUTION The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  1. Remove the steering wheel and the steering column upper and lower covers.
  2. Remove the spiral cable assembly.


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View of the steering lock and ignition switch assembly

  1. Remove the combination switch from the steering column.
  2. Remove steering column support nuts and lower the steering column.
  3. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring and interlock cable (if equipped).
  4. Remove the bolts that secure the steering lock and remove steering lock assembly.
To install:
  1. Install the steering lock assembly and secure with new shear type bolts.
  2. Connect the ignition switch wiring harness and the interlock cable.
  3. Raise the steering column and secure with mounting nuts.
  4. Install the spiral cable assembly.
  5. Install the combination switch, steering column covers, and the steering wheel.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable and enable the air bag system.

May 23, 2010 | 1997 Nissan Maxima

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How do I replace a keyed ignition switch in my 85 f-250


Removal & Installation

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Blade-type connector ignition switch on steering column, 1980 and later models

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove steering column shroud and lower the steering column.
  3. Disconnect the switch wiring at the multiple plug.
  4. Remove the two nuts that retain the switch to the steering column.
  5. Lift the switch vertically upward to disengage the actuator rod from the switch and remove switch.
  6. When installing the ignition switch, both the locking mechanism at the top of the column and the switch itself must be in LOCK position for correct adjustment.
To hold the mechanical parts of the column in LOCK position, move the shift lever into PARK (with automatic transmissions) or REVERSE (with manual transmissions), turn the key to LOCK position, and remove the key. New replacement switches, when received, are already pinned in LOCK position by a metal shipping pin inserted in a locking hole on the side of the switch.
  1. Engage the actuator rod in the switch.
  2. Position the switch on the column and install the retaining nuts, but do not tighten them.
  3. Move the switch up and down along the column to locate the mid-position of rod lash, and then tighten the retaining nuts.
  4. Remove the locking pin, connect the battery cable, and check for proper start in PARK or NEUTRAL.
Also check to make certain that the start circuit cannot be actuated in the DRIVE and REVERSE position.
  1. Raise the steering column into position at instrument panel. Install steering column shroud.

Nov 19, 2009 | 1985 Ford F 250

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Install a Ignition lock cylinder 1997 Pontiac Grand Am


  • Ignition Removal Instructions
  • Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection in Engine Electrical.
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  • Remove the upper and lower shrouds. Refer to Steering Column Trim Covers - Disassemble - Off Vehicle or Steering Column Trim Covers - Disassemble - Off Vehicle .
  • Put the key in the steering column lock cylinder set (1).

  • Turn the key to the "START" position.
  • Install a 1/16 allen wrench (2) into the hole on top of the lock module assembly in order to release the steering column lock cylinderset retaining pin.
  • Turn the steering column lock cylinder set (1) into the "RUN" position.
  • Pull the steering column lock cylinder set (1) out from the lock module assembly.
  • Remove the key from the steering column lock cylinder set (1).

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  • Installation Instructions
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  • Insert the key into the steering column lock cylinder set (1).
  • LIne up the locking tab (2) and the positioning tab (3) of the steering column lock cylinder set with the locking tab slot (5) and the positioning tab slot (4) in the lock module assembly (6).
  • Push the steering column lock cylinder set (1) into the lock module assembly (6).
  • Rotate the steering column lock cylinder set (1) in the lock module assembly (6) into all positions.
  • Install the upper and lower shrouds. Refer to Steering Column Trim Covers - Assemble - Off Vehicle or Steering Column Trim Covers - Assemble - Off Vehicle
  • Remove the ignition key from the lock cylinder set (1).
  • Connect the negative battery cable to the battery. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection in Engine Electrical

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Nov 02, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

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96 ford windstar ignition probs


the ignition switch is the electrical part behind the lock cylinder where the key goes in.

Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder
Lock Cylinder Functional
Removal
  1. The following procedure applies to vehicles that have a functional ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) and keys. If the key numbers are known, the correct key can be made. Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). For additional information, refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the RUN position.
  1. Place a 3.17-mm (1/8-inch) diameter wire pin or small drift punch in the hole in the steering column shroud under the ignition switch lock cylinder. Depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the ignition switch lock cylinder to remove it from the housing of the steering column.
Installation
  1. Install the ignition switch lock cylinder by turning it to the RUN position and depressing the retaining pin. Insert the ignition switch lock cylinder into the steering column housing. Make sure the ignition switch lock cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will permit the retaining pin of the ignition switch lock cylinder to extend into the hole of the steering column.
  1. Using the key, rotate the ignition switch lock cylinder to make sure of correct mechanical operation in all positions.
  1. Connect the battery ground cable.
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Ignition Switch Removal
  1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Remove the upper steering column shroud (3530) by removing the four or five self-tapping screws. Remove key release lever (3F527) (if equipped).
  1. Remove lower steering column shroud.
  1. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
  1. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) to the RUN position.
  1. Remove the two screws retaining ignition switch (11572).
  1. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.


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Item Part Number Description 1 11572 Ignition Switch 2 — Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder Housing 3 — Slot in Lock/Column Assembly A — (Part of 11572) Pin B — Alignment Mark
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 make sure 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. Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. 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 key release lever (if equipped).

Feb 27, 2009 | 1996 Ford Windstar

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