When you have pulled the steering wheel of you'll see three hex screws the on on the right thats silver and just above that one you should see another hex smaller and dark in color that hex screw holds the lock in place.
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Ignition key cylinder tumblers are worn out!
Time to replace the cylinder.
Help prevent this from happening again by lightening your key ring load. A heavy key ring puts constant pressure on the lock tumblers and wears them down to eventually deform and prevent the tumbler cylinder from turning.
Most people employ the philosophy, "if it jams, just force it", which bends the weakened lock tumblers and hastens destructive wear.
the ignition key cylinder comes as a single unit with the ignition lock assembly. if you want to use the same key as before take the entire lock assembly to a lock smith and they would be able to rekey the tumblers to match your old key.
I have done lots of these because the key is hard to turn and you must "WIGGLE AND SHAKE" to get your car started. If this is the problem you are experiencing, then:
Yes, you can replace just the ignition lock cylinder. I recommend using the AC Delco lock cylinder kits. (AC Delco Part Number D1493F) They come with packages of numbered tumblers (which must be assembled) so the new cylinder can be configured to accept your existing Ignition key.
If you replace the entire ignition switch/lock cylinder assembly, your computer will have to be reprogrammed so your engine will start and run. (Not to mention, this is the expensive way to do it.)
You must remove both your instrument cluster and your radio to access the mounting screws and elecrical connectors for the switch/tumbler assembly. It is not real hard to do, but assembling the new tumblers into the new cylinder can be kind of tedious. (As well as extremely frustrating if you do not do it correctly.)
needs a new lock as i could be wrong here but it sounds like the tumblers inside the lock barrel have jammed up or broke off,if this happens then its a complete new lock assembly as you cannot remove the barrel out of the lock as you cannot turn it to the acc position .Expensive job sorry i cannot give you a nice easy fix answer
look at your key if its worn down try another key if both keys are same way than u will need to replace the ignition cylinder not the switch these are 2 units which are attached, the tumblers are in the cylinder--- u can have the cylinder re done[new tumbler ] diy u can take out housing and bring to dealer saves on labor or if have local bone yard buy housing [ignition ] with key take out cylinder and replace with new junk yard part about 15-75 bucks a lot of the u-pull-it are the cheapest 15 for whole system---dealer to redo cylinder[tumbler replacement] with u bringing in housing 100-200---if cylinder also damaged add additional 100-- call up parts person and get prices tumblers/cylinder/whole unit good luck
the tumblers have worn out and not engaeing properly. Repair consists of removeing the ignition switch assembly and installiing a new one. Since it has jammed, mostly a tumbler or two may have broken off in the cylinder houseing also.
If the lock is completely frozen, you will need to replace the lock housing. The housing has come apart inside. Does your manual give instruction on how to replace the ignition lock housing? Make sure you ask the dealer for new break away bolts for the new housing.
You need to remove the steering wheel and disassemble the steering column far enough to access the lock cylinder release tab from the inside. If you have already purchased a replacement cylinder, you can locate it quite easily.