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Old 04-27-2006, 03:54 PM
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Worn out ignition question

I have a '73 Camaro that has stranded me at home today.
It's been one of those things that I've been wanting to fix but never got around to doing it.
My ignition has worn out to the point of not starting the car anymore.
I was talking to some old timers about my problem a while back and they said that the rod within the column may be wearing out- that's why the car isn't turning over. I had replaced the ignition switch on the column about 10yrs ago.
Is there anyway to rig it up so I can at least start it and move it into the garage or am I S.O.L??
And how difficult would it be to fix it?

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Old 04-27-2006, 04:04 PM
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There ia a rack and pinion arrangement that connects to a rod that actuates the ignition switch at the bottom of your column. Sounds like the rack and pinion has gone belly up. It's not a very complicated fix, and is only slightly more involved if the column is tilt. The steering wheel will have to come off.

You may be able to drop the steering column down enough to disengage the switch from the rod. From that point you can manually work the switch to start the car. Once the car is started MAKE SURE IT IS NOT IN GEAR AND THE PARKING BRAKE IS ON, you can manipulate the rod to disengage the steering wheel lock and drive the car into the garage.

Or, you could just call an automotive locksmith and have them repair it in your driveway for about $100.

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Vince-

Thanks for fast reply-that sounds like my problem. I managed to get it started by jiggling and turning key at the same time, that's enough to get it in the garage.

Looks like I'll be in the market for a new column- preferably tilt.
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find a hot wire under dash, wire in a starter button, turn key to start ,it works on my 61
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You do not need a new column...just need to fix your ignition switch actuator mechanism. Or do like someone else suggested wire in a pushbutton switch.
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You do not need a new column...just need to fix your ignition switch actuator mechanism. Or do like someone else suggested wire in a pushbutton switch.
Henry-Thanks for the proper terminology.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:07 AM
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It was a worn key cylinder-
I replaced yesterday and it now works.
Thanks for the input.
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