I have a 1997 GMC Sierra the steering wheel is locked and I have tried a million time to start it...so now I am attempting to disengage the airbag before I look into the steering colum and tumbler??? Or anyone know what else it could be? Thanks for any help!
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Re: 1997 GMC Sierra the steering wheel is locked
If you remove the air bag you must disconnect the battery first and wait 5 miunts to work on it. if the tumbler is damaged you will need to remove the horn button then the or the air bag then remove 3 screws that hold the horn assembly then remove the steering wheel nut then you will have to rent a steering wheel puller pull the steering wheel off then you can get to the tumbeler assembly, one there remove one screw that holds key lock assembly in place then with a flat tip screw driver see if you can turn the slot in the stering wheel, if you can turn it then there is a problem with the tumbler assembly and you can by one at any auto parts store with 2 keys for about $15.00 if it still will not turn then the two nuts that hold the steering whel on will have to be dropped then the steering wheel will have to be lowerered and the clip for the gear shift string has to be removed then drop the steering wheel down and look at the rod tthat operates the key switch. Is the rod bent? straighten it and try turning it again, does it turn? if yes you found the problem if not you can luberacate the switch on the steering wheel and see if you can get it to free up once it does put it back together like you took it apart, if it won't turn you will have to replace the strat switch on the steering cloumbe. if you need help just reply to this answer and I will get back to you thanks for using fix-ya.
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this is something that would be best done by the dealer due to the airbag being in the steering wheel , that being said if you wish to attack this on your own still you have to unplug any power [battery, back up battery, stereo amps stiffening capacitors etc] then there are some small screws on the back of the steering wheel that need to come out before the horn/airbag assembly will come out to allow you to disconnect and replace the steering wheel switches depending on the accessories on your truck you may also need to remove the steering column covers before you can acess the scews in the back of the steeringwheel. be VERY cautious of the airbag connectors and wires but you would still be safer and better off letting a dealer change those out for you.
Your title is confusing between the 2 model years listed, but here's what I can suggest. Either way it sounds like a worn out ignition key cylinder that is just worn out. However, the '97 pickups have the steering wheel lock feature when the key is in the off position. You might want to try moving the steering wheel side to side and see if it is bound up on the locking mechanism. If it's a 2005 truck, that isn't the case and it is most likely a bad key cylinder
Have you tried turning the steering wheel hard to the left or right when turning the key to make sure that the wheels werent turned when you shut it off and caused the power steering to jam against the steer lock mechanism. This will happen and the key will not turn.
disconnect neg battery lead, from underneath the steering wheel remove 2 torque screws and carefully remove airbag unit disconnect the 2 wires underneath it first, remove bottom steering column cover, next remove keys and allow steering lock to engage with the road wheels pointing straight ahead remove wheel centre stud, wriggle bump shake steering wheel till it slips of splines disconnect wires from underneath and remove wheel, installation is reverse, make sure you position steering wheel straight ahead, dont reconnect battery till airbag unit is reinstalled or you will get a warning light illuminating.
You have to remove the steering wheel, Lock plate and turn signal switch. Then remove the key buzzer connector and then the bolt holding in the cylinder. It isn't real hard work, but you will need a steering wheel puller and a lock plate puller.
If its just the Key and cylender, Remove airbag fuse and disconnect the yellow connector first if equipt..then the steering wheel with a puller..and then the metal steering wheel lock ring..Depress the ring first to remove the retaining ring and such ..note this is behind the airbag coil retained by a snapring..anyway remove the turn signal lever pulls out..then unscrew the 4 way flasher knob with a phillips screwdriver, then the 3 phillips screws in the white switch assm pull that forward enough to remove the torxs screw on the upper r/h side and the key and cylender should come out..Now if its just the Ignition switch you are talking about..Drop the steering column down enough to access the switch on the top..good luck.