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Tilt steering wheel has lots of play in 1988 c3500. So bad my ignition key is stuck in on position. Do i have to replace entire column?

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The tilt housing inside the column is bolted on with 4 screws. They have came loose causing your delimma. Have a trusted repairman fix this for you for the air bag system is no task for the unqualified novice

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SOURCE: changing key ignition need to remove old one and fix ignition rod

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SOURCE: 1988 Wrangler Ignition Switch Removal

There are four (sometimes two) bolts that hold the steering column to the dash. remove them & column will come down to let you get in there.
follow instruction sheet with switch. if you don't get it centered correctly it wont work correctly.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition broken and want to bypass steering wheel lock mechanism-

its not that had to replace the ignition switch, remove the steering wheel, u will need to buy a ighition removal tool, push plate down, remove plate and the switch will slide right out.. go to advanced auto parts and they will tell you all the tools you will need to replace the switch, and they have a loaner tool program, so just buy the tool and take it back and get your money back.. good luck keith...

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SOURCE: ignition key does not work

if your key is a transonder key wich has chip in it give it a couple of minutes to reset the code keep key in ignition and wait to see if it reads key or try another key and see if you have sameproblem make sure you unlock steering wheel disconnecting batteryfor posts might have reset car computer and cannot read ur key...

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SOURCE: steering wheel column very loose only holds in up position

I've had experience with two of these cars now. The mounting positions where the steering rack bolts to the fire wall rust away leaving the rack floating. Usually long before the rack starts to float the car leaks . Water starts to come in where the firewall rusted out. Its dangerous and should not be driven like this.

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Replacement ignition key 1999 pontiac bonneille


Just the key or the whole lock cylinder with key ?

Removal Procedure
Caution: Unless directed otherwise, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position, and all electrical loads must be OFF before servicing any electrical component. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent an electrical spark should a tool or equipment come in contact with an exposed electrical terminal. Failure to follow these precautions may result in personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.
Disconnect the battery negative cable.
Disable the SIR system. Refer to Disabling the SIR System
Position the steering wheel half way between the upper and lower tilt stops (if necessary).
Remove the steering wheel. Refer to Steering Wheel Replacement .
Roll back the shift lever seal from the upper and the lower shrouds.
Remove the tilt wheel lever (if necessary). Refer to Tilt Lever Replacement - On Vehicle .
Remove the 2 TORX® screws from the lower steering column shroud.
Remove the lower steering column shroud.
Remove the 2 TORX® screws from the upper steering column shroud.
Lift the upper steering column shroud to gain access to the lock cylinder access hole.
Using a bent tip awl, insert the tip into the ignition lock cylinder access hole.
Turn the ignition lock cylinder to the START position.
Using the bent tip awl, push down on the ignition lock cylinder retaining pin.
Release the ignition lock cylinder to the RUN position.

Remove the ignition lock cylinder from the lock module assembly by pulling the ignition lock cylinder away from the steering column.

There may be a video on youtube .

Feb 23, 2017 | Pontiac Cars & Trucks

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Key turns, gears change, but will not turn all the way to position to release key from ingnition.


You may simply have a stuck ignition tumbler in your key switch.It is a common problem.Most of the time if you have to wiggle your key around to get it to turn back to the release position,you may as well get a new key switch lock and tumbler.Sometimes they come separate.You might can get a whole new ignition key switch and simply replace your old one.Also if you have tilt wheel,sometimes the tilt mechanism can become worn and will not allow the steering column to clear the ignition switch.You will have to take the screws out of the steering column cover panels,usually they are on the bottom of the steering colum in the plastic.You have to take those off to get at the ignition switch assy.When you get it torn apart,study it for a few minutes while playing with the key switch,turning it on and off and you might see the problem there.Good luck.

Aug 23, 2011 | Volvo S60 Cars & Trucks

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What is the procedure to changing an keyed ignition lock?


Hi there,

Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.
Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.
Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.

Installation

Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.

Hope these help.

Jan 28, 2011 | 1992 Ford Crown Victoria

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I can't get the rod that connects the key lock and door latch in the right position to work correctly.


  • Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.

    Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
  • 2 Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
  • 3 Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.

    Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.
  • Installation
  • 1 Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
  • 2 Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
  • 3 Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
  • 4 Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.


  • hope this helps you

    Dec 21, 2010 | Ford F-350 Cars & Trucks

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    I have a 1988 f-350 diesel and i have lost my key and bought it without a spare how do i remove the ingnition with out a key


    You don't without ruining it. I suggest you get a locksmith to make you a new key they can get in there somehow and make a key. In 1988 did Ford use a seperate key for doors? If the doors are the same or the glove box those locks are easier to remove. Also, I've never tried this with a Ford but on newer GM cars if you take the title to a dealer they can make a key from the (VIN) serial number. But, you have to have the title to prove ownership of the vehicle. I don't know if they can do that on an 88 or not. Good luck.

    Feb 09, 2010 | 1988 Ford F 350

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    How to remove key unit from steering column 1986 F150 Ford


    COUTESY OF EXPERT "C17HYDRO"
    With Key
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
    3. Remove the trim shroud halves.
    4. Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
    5. Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON.
    6. Place a 1/8 in. wire pin in the hole in the casting surrounding the lock cylinder and depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the cylinder.
    7. When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
    8. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.

    This section is for a NON-TILT with no key or non-functioning cylinder:
    Fixed Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering wheel.
    3. Remove the turn signal lever.
    4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
    5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
    6. Remove the ignition switch and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
    7. Remove the turn signal switch.
    8. Remove the snapring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
    9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
    10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
    11. Upon reassembly, the following parts must be replaced with new parts:
      • Flange
      • Lock cylinder assembly
      • Steering column lock gear
      • Steering column lock bearing
      • Steering column upper bearing retainer
      • Lock actuator assembly
    1. Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the vehicle starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL.

    This section is for TILT and no key or non-functioning cylinder:

    Tilt Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering column shrouds.
    3. Using masking tape, tape the gap between the steering wheel hub and the cover casting. Cover the entire circumference of the casting. Cover the seat and floor area with a drop-cloth.
    4. Pull out the hazard switch and tape it in a downward position.
    5. The lock cylinder retaining pin is located on the outside of the steering column cover casting adjacent to the hazard flasher button.
    6. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and prepunch the lock cylinder retaining pin with a sharp punch.
    7. Using a 1/8 in. drill bit, mounted in a right angle drive drill adapter, drill out the retaining pin, going no deeper than 1/2 in. (12.7mm).
    8. Tilt the column to the full down position. Place a chisel at the base of the ignition lock cylinder cap and using a hammer break away the cap from the lock cylinder.
    9. Using a 3/8 in. drill bit, drill down the center of the ignition lock cylinder key slot about 13/4 in. (44mm), until the lock cylinder breaks loose from the steering column cover casting.
    10. Remove the lock cylinder and the drill shavings.
    11. Remove the steering wheel.
    12. Remove the turn signal lever.
    13. Remove the turn signal switch attaching screws.
    14. Remove the key buzzer attaching screw.
    15. Remove the turn signal switch up and over the end of the column, but don't disconnect the wiring.
    16. Remove the 4 attaching screws from the cover casting and lift the casting over the end of the steering shaft, allowing the turn signal switch to pass through the casting. The removal of the casting cover will expose the upper actuator. Remove the upper actuator.
    17. Remove the drive gear, snapring and washer from the cover casting along with the upper actuator.
    18. Clean all components and replace any that appear damaged or worn.
    19. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check for proper operation.

    Nov 23, 2009 | 1986 Ford F150 SuperCab

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    How to replace ignition lock cylinder on 1984 Ford F-150 pickup?


    With Key
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
    3. Remove the trim shroud halves.
    4. Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
    5. Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON.
    6. Place a 1/8 in. wire pin in the hole in the casting surrounding the lock cylinder and depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the cylinder.
    7. When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
    8. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.

    This section is for a NON-TILT with no key or non-functioning cylinder:
    Fixed Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering wheel.
    3. Remove the turn signal lever.
    4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
    5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
    6. Remove the ignition switch and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
    7. Remove the turn signal switch.
    8. Remove the snapring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
    9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
    10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
    11. Upon reassembly, the following parts must be replaced with new parts:
      • Flange
      • Lock cylinder assembly
      • Steering column lock gear
      • Steering column lock bearing
      • Steering column upper bearing retainer
      • Lock actuator assembly
    1. Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the vehicle starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL.

    This section is for TILT and no key or non-functioning cylinder:

    Tilt Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering column shrouds.
    3. Using masking tape, tape the gap between the steering wheel hub and the cover casting. Cover the entire circumference of the casting. Cover the seat and floor area with a drop-cloth.
    4. Pull out the hazard switch and tape it in a downward position.
    5. The lock cylinder retaining pin is located on the outside of the steering column cover casting adjacent to the hazard flasher button.
    6. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and prepunch the lock cylinder retaining pin with a sharp punch.
    7. Using a 1/8 in. drill bit, mounted in a right angle drive drill adapter, drill out the retaining pin, going no deeper than 1/2 in. (12.7mm).
    8. Tilt the column to the full down position. Place a chisel at the base of the ignition lock cylinder cap and using a hammer break away the cap from the lock cylinder.
    9. Using a 3/8 in. drill bit, drill down the center of the ignition lock cylinder key slot about 13/4 in. (44mm), until the lock cylinder breaks loose from the steering column cover casting.
    10. Remove the lock cylinder and the drill shavings.
    11. Remove the steering wheel.
    12. Remove the turn signal lever.
    13. Remove the turn signal switch attaching screws.
    14. Remove the key buzzer attaching screw.
    15. Remove the turn signal switch up and over the end of the column, but don't disconnect the wiring.
    16. Remove the 4 attaching screws from the cover casting and lift the casting over the end of the steering shaft, allowing the turn signal switch to pass through the casting. The removal of the casting cover will expose the upper actuator. Remove the upper actuator.
    17. Remove the drive gear, snapring and washer from the cover casting along with the upper actuator.
    18. Clean all components and replace any that appear damaged or worn.
    19. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check for proper operation.

    Oct 13, 2009 | 1984 Ford F 150

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    Tilt Steering Wheel has up and down movement no matter what position it is in. I bought this truck new and I know this isn't normal.This just started about a month ago. Is this something that should be...


    there are some bolts in the column that work loose in the chevrolet columns. they are a pain to get to most of the time is easier to replace the entire column with one from the salvage yard that still feels tight.

    Jun 24, 2009 | 1991 Chevrolet C1500

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    The key wont turn at the final point to crank the car, last year my tumble broke, i had it fixed but when it broke i couldnt move the key at all, its not doing thay this time, 2 days ago i went to the...


    Not an exact solution, but perhaps information that might lead to one.

    1.Replaced the tumblers? I believe I would replace the entire ignition switch this time. It's my belief that the body of the ignition switch is worn inside, and will keep damaging the tumblers.

    2.Do you have a tilt steering wheel? It's best to keep the steering column in straight line when starting the car, then tilt the wheel to where you want, after the car is started. When the steering column is in a tilted position, it puts undue strain on the ignition key switch, and the mechanism the ignition key switch operates, on GM vehicles.

    This mechanism, consists of a half moon gear on the ignition key switch, that turns inside a 'Planetary' gear. I used the term 'Planetary', as the gear shape is hard to describe. It resembles an oblong loop, shaped like the number 9, with gear teeth on the inside bottom of the loop. This 'Loop' rotates, when the gear teeth of the ignition key switch, engage the teeth on the loop, and pushes a rod, or retracts the rod. The rod goes down the side of your steering column, and turns on, or turns off an ignition switch, located at the bottom left side of the steering column.

    Having the steering wheel tilted, puts a strain on the ignition key switch internals, the oblong loop can break, and/or gear teeth can be stripped off.

    May 18, 2009 | 2002 Pontiac Sunfire

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    Tilt steering play


    you need a new steering column,,,,go to a salvage and get one with a key but there is no fixing the old one,,,a used one should run about 75.00 and is not hard to put in

    Jan 04, 2009 | 1988 Chevrolet K1500

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