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Old 03-04-2008, 06:50 PM
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steering wheel lock removal

I have a '70 Chevy Impala with the stock steering column (including column shifter) and I would like to know how to get rid of the steering wheel lock (when the key is not in the ignition).
Can anyone help me with that?
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pull the steering wheel. under that is a lock plate with u shaped knotches around the outside, the lock pin slides into one of those. you need a little tool that threads to the steering shaft and pushes the lock plate down a little ways, it's spring loaded. once you do that you will see a wire clip in a little groove in the steering shaft that holds the lock plate. pry the little wire clip out of the groove with a pick and the lock plate will come off.
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pull the steering wheel. under that is a lock plate with u shaped knotches around the outside, the lock pin slides into one of those. you need a little tool that threads to the steering shaft and pushes the lock plate down a little ways, it's spring loaded. once you do that you will see a wire clip in a little groove in the steering shaft that holds the lock plate. pry the little wire clip out of the groove with a pick and the lock plate will come off.
That will work, but I think the lock plate is needed to act as a spacer in the whole steering column. You can cut the outer teeth off the lock plate and reinstall it, or just remove or cut off the pin that projects into the slots to lock it.
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That will work, but I think the lock plate is needed to act as a spacer in the whole steering column. You can cut the outer teeth off the lock plate and reinstall it, or just remove or cut off the pin that projects into the slots to lock it.
hey joe, removing the pin is a great idea, but he will have to disassemble the column further down to get the pin out. i have never left the lock plate out, i put them back together like i took them apart. i just assumed the spring under the lock plate would take care of any space issues. he could just stick a washer in there to replace the lock plate.
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