Re: [DML] Steering lock doesn't unlock & Jiggling didn't help
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Re: [DML] Steering lock doesn't unlock & Jiggling didn't help




Nick,
This sounds dumb,but try Telescoping/adjusting the steering wheel 
up/down/in/out  a few times,that "might jar" The locking 
deadbolt "loose".Basically what you have is something similar to a 
door deadbolt on your front door,or at least the same concept!if 
that "deadbolt" is jammed(from scoring/surface rust in its bore) no 
matter how hard you try,it is NOT going to release,you will just wind 
up braking the key off in the ignition switch!! Don't do that! What 
you basically have to do is try to get some lubricant on 
that "deadbolt" if somehow possible, If possible,take the plastic 
housing off around the ignition switch,and if you could shoot some 
penetrating fluid,(with that little tube attached),between the collar 
of the ignition switch and the steering column(on the lower part is 
the locking deadbolt)that should help free it up,remember THAT is one 
of the most used areas,that never gets lubricated.You do not want to 
have to replace the ignition switch,they are EASY to install but a 
bear to remove,as they have two shear bolts,(the heads shear off at a 
certain torque)and last time I did one I 
had to drill them out,with a hand drill,to remove the Ignition switch.

Hope that Helps
CBL



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Nick Kemp" <nkemp@xxxx> wrote:
> I jiggled it quite a bit and it did not unlock.  This evening I 
jiggled it
> and it unlocked after a while.  Graphite makes no difference.
> 
> I suspect I need to open it up and see what is going on.  Any 
suggestions
> will be appreciated
> 
> Nick






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