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Re: Jammed ignition. It was my turn last week. (archive)

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Posted by Paul H. on July 01, 1999 at 02:10:12:

In Reply to: Re: Jammed ignition. It was my turn last week. posted by ht on June 30, 1999 at 23:52:54:

: Having opened the ignition assembly a few months ago, I cannot see how the ignition switch was bad and causing the key not to turn. This is a classic sign where the barrel tabs were bent slightly before. As you turned the key over a period of weeks (sometimes forcing it?) you may have bent the tabs beyond the point where the keys can turn. Replacing the switch was caused by the locksmith, not you. Checkout previous message "true of false" below.

: My initial impression would have been that the ignition barrel needed to be removed and the internal tabs replaced. The barrel is similar to those you find in a door lock.

I'm not sure that this would explain why I was able to turn the key to get the steering out of lock, but not any further (which I forgot to mention in my original post). Furthermore, the ignition was still jammed after removal of the cylinder.

The locksmith examined (but did not disassemble) the cylinder, but he was certain it was not the problem. The loose cylinder, with key inserted, turned perfectly freely (which may or may not prove anything).

Anyway, I will probably get the steering shroud off this weekend and have a good look.


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