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Old 06-11-2007, 03:55 PM
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1980 Camaro Steering column

I have a 1980 Camaro i just got a few months ago. When i went to trailer it to bring it home, the ignition was sticking in the start position, keeping the starter engaged. SO i had to stall it out to get it to turn off.

When I started to work on it when i got home, i took out the old ignition cylinder (still in the start position) and went to replace it with the new one. It wouldn't go, so my father and i tried messing with it for about an hour or so.

Then my father took the steering wheel off. Then he took apart the steering column up just past the ignition.

Needless to say, after several more hours of jimmying and finagling, it still isnt fixed.

So im thinking I might need to rebuild the steering column, but i dont know.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? got any clues?[IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG]
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Find the ignition switch on top of the lower part of the column under the dash. It's flat and has a boatload of wires hooked to it. Take it off and notice the hole in the bottom where the linkage rod from the lock cylinder engaged it. Move it back and forth between the different positions, and see if it sticks in START with it disconnected from the column. Sticky, get a new switch. Not sticky, problem in the column.
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How do you get the ignition switch out? I have removed the steering wheel and the horn pad now what?
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How do you get the ignition switch out? I have removed the steering wheel and the horn pad now what?
Are you talking about the lock cylinder or the electrical switch? The actual switch is mounted to the top of the column, under the dash. It is operated with a pushrod from the lock cylinder. To access the switch, you need to drop the column. If you're asking about removing the lock cylinder, once you remove the wheel you need to remove the lock plate (requires a lock plate spring compressor) and the turn signal switch. There will be a small opening at about the 1 o'clock position. Use a small flat blade screwdriver to depress the lock tab while pulling the lock cylinder out.
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I have a 1980 Camaro i just got a few months ago. When i went to trailer it to bring it home, the ignition was sticking in the start position, keeping the starter engaged. SO i had to stall it out to get it to turn off.

When I started to work on it when i got home, i took out the old ignition cylinder (still in the start position) and went to replace it with the new one. It wouldn't go, so my father and i tried messing with it for about an hour or so.

Then my father took the steering wheel off. Then he took apart the steering column up just past the ignition.

Needless to say, after several more hours of jimmying and finagling, it still isnt fixed.

So im thinking I might need to rebuild the steering column, but i dont know.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? got any clues?[IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG]
Before you start pulling the column apart, use a flat blade screwdriver in the hole that the lock cylinder goes into and see if you can rotate the part inside the column. If it can be rotated back and forth (and the car starts and runs and can be turned off) then the lock cylinder is the problem. Turn the screwdriver to the OFF position before trying to install the new lock cylinder.
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I took off the wheel and all the screws inside where the wheel goes and it still won't come off.
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After you get the turn-signal switch out of the way, there's a vertical slot or hole in the cast-pot-metal part. It may be covered with some casting flash. Look around 2:00 or thereabouts. Stick a tiny screwdriver or other tool in the slot and depress the spring-loaded latch at the bottom. This should release the cylinder. The cylinder has to be in one certain position to come out, either ACC or RUN, maybe another, depending on the year.

Should be kinda like this Jeep unit:

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i have a 89 s10 same problem i cut the alternator wire running to battery took 110 wire ran it to a light switch in cab...works great
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