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Old 07-20-2004, 09:54 PM
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PLEASE answer quick

Have a 1987 chevrolet suburban 4wd. The ignition locked up and rocking the steering wheel does not work. Any info would be helpful.

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Old 07-21-2004, 05:05 AM
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More than likely the ignition tumbler has failed. Once this happens it is virtually impossible to get it working without help from an auto locksmith. What happens is the tumblers (lock pins) are held in the pot metal tumbler by several crimps. Once these crimps give way, one or more of the lock pins pops up which prevents you from rotating the tumbler. It is a very easy repair, but you have to know what you are doing. I would call a competent auto locksmith.

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Old 07-21-2004, 01:41 PM
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Your local mechanic may be much less costly -- I wanted to replace the key-ignition in my column ... a locksmith wanted over $100; my local mechanic put a new one in for $15.

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Old 07-21-2004, 07:36 PM
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Wow. that is way out the top at $100. A local locksmith who specializes in autos replaced the tumbler in my wifes 97 Tahoe for $35.

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same mthing happened on my 83 s-10 all you have to do is go to autozone and get the new ignition and a steering wheel puller just take off the steering wheel and you can get the rest of it out .
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:40 AM
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You will also need a lock-plate compressor. It is very expense for a locksmith to do it....unless you have AAA then its free.
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Old 07-26-2004, 12:05 PM
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Has anyone suggested checking the solenoid (if equipped)?

It is located under the steering column cover just below the key switch. I had one fail on a newer GM car, and I spent $400 on locksmiths until I took over and replaced the $25 solenoid.

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