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Old 09-27-2010, 04:36 PM
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Ignition Cylinder Locked Out

I recently bought a 1977 chevy pickup that had been sitting up for a few years.( I had asked about the pickup several times throughout the years!) Now that I have it, I've been trying to go through it and get it going again. The question at hand involves the ignition cylinder lock, hence the title, but any who, the wheels are pointed straight forward and i can see no pressure on the steering equipment. I tried shaking the steering wheel, pulling the wheel hard to the left and the right, shaking the key in the ignition, and still it will not unlock? Is there anything else I can do or check to get it to unlock?

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Keep doing what you are doing and when you get it unlocked change the lock cylinder.
Are you sure you have the right key?
You can also spray wd-40 or pb blaster into the slot for the key and that may help to free up the cylinder too.
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I recently bought a 1977 chevy pickup that had been sitting up for a few years.( I had asked about the pickup several times throughout the years!) Now that I have it, I've been trying to go through it and get it going again. The question at hand involves the ignition cylinder lock, hence the title, but any who, the wheels are pointed straight forward and i can see no pressure on the steering equipment. I tried shaking the steering wheel, pulling the wheel hard to the left and the right, shaking the key in the ignition, and still it will not unlock? Is there anything else I can do or check to get it to unlock?
Are you sure that's the correct key? In any case, here's how you take the column apart to get the lock cylinder out. This website covers more disassembly than you need, so just stop at the step that removes the lock cylinder.

http://buickperformance.com/tiltstee...lumnwobble.htm
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Yeah, just tried the wd40 and an oiling compound, neither worked. starting to think the key is the wrong one, any how going to change the lock cylinder. does the steering column need to be unlocked to do this or can i do it while it's locked?
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Thieves just use a snatch tool to remove the key tumbler.



Remove the steering wheel and then look for the little tab on the end of the key tumbler. Depress the little tab and the key tumbler will come out.

I have many times removed the key tumbler with a body shop screw tool ( shown below )



I just screw the tool into the tumbler where the key goes and snatch the tumbler out. Then just push a NEW tumbler and key into the column.

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Yeah, just tried the wd40 and an oiling compound, neither worked. starting to think the key is the wrong one, any how going to change the lock cylinder. does the steering column need to be unlocked to do this or can i do it while it's locked?
Go back and look at that link I posted. It has photos of how to do it. The column does not need to be unlocked.
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Once You Remove The Cylinder Check To See If The Rack Broke. Seen This Alot........
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It is a hell of a lot easier if you can get the lock into the "ACC" position, but if not, pulling the steering wheel, etc. is about the best way. Popping the lock will also work, but the risk there is a sloppy fit for the replacement lock if the register for the lock gets dinged up using a slide hammer. But you might get lucky and not have a problem.

Through the years, I have saved hundreds of car keys. Many are the older, dash lock keys from the 'yard years, but I do have quite a few column lock keys, too. But before I do anything, I first go through them to see if I have a match good enough to rotate the lock to ACC for removal/replacement. When it works it is sweet!
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