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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 9:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone, I'm installing my Ignition lock cylinder, which I thought was an easy task. It slid right in, with some turning of the key it finally locked into place.

Now, It will only go to the On position, and the Start position. The cylinder won't turn buck far enough to remove the key? Did I do something wrong?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 10:14 AM
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If the 72 colum is like the 69, there is a gear drive assembly in the colum that the ignition lock assembly drives. This pushes a rod that runs down the colum to the ignigion switch. When you pulled your original lock out, did you turn/move or put a screwdriver in the hole and turn the gear? It could be that the timing is out of whack. You can drop the steering colum down and get to the ignition switch. Try to get it at the off/locked position then put your lock in with the lock in the same position.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply Dave. I will give that a try. Just one more question: How do I remove the lock cylinder again? Is there some kinda release pin or latch?

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 11:38 AM
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 69454Malibu:
When you pulled your original lock out, did you turn/move or put a screwdriver in the hole and turn the gear? It could be that the timing is out of whack.
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That is'nt possible. You can turn the mechanism with a screwdriver all you want and it will not change how the teeth are meshed.
If the ignition switch has been moved,( Ignition switch= the switch mounted on the lower half of the column) it is possible to "limit" the cylinder's travel in either direction.
to remove the lock cylinder you need to push the little tab in. With the turn signal switch removed, you can see where the cylinder enters the column. At a point near the end of the cylinder is a tab facing you. Usually there is a small piece of casting flash that needs to be removed to push the tab but, since your switch was out already the hole should be open.........
I would adjust the ignition switch..........

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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I did install a new ignition switch, when the column was out, so I probably do need to adjust it. The "spring back" feel when in the start position, is that in the switch or the column? Because it seems to do that in the correct location.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 1:37 PM
 
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.........that "feeling" is in the switch. It only takes a fraction of an inch to be "off" so, move it a little up or down and try it out. As long as it spins over it's adjusted far enough in the "start" direction.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 00, 8:25 PM
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you might try turning shift bowl, might not be in park possision
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 2:23 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by junglejimmie:
That is'nt possible. You can turn the mechanism with a screwdriver all you want and it will not change how the teeth are meshed.

I would adjust the ignition switch..........
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I didn't say the teeth were skipping. The teeth cannot skip on the rack. If the switch were pulled out and the gear was rotated 180 deg, it will move the rack far enough in one direction that the ignition switch on the colum will bottom out before the key switch is in position. Depending on wich way it is traveling. I do not recall exactly how the switch fits into the gear, but unless it can only go on one way, then it is possible to be off center. I am curious also how you adjust the switch. Do you mean the one lower on the colum? If so, that may fix it if the elongated holes in the switch are long enough. Thats how I set mine up for center, Acc/Ign etc.
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Yes, you "adjust" by moving the lower switch up or down via elongated holes.

The gear will not rotate 180 degrees in the clockwise direction (facing the hole).
It will only rotate 180 degrees in the counter-clockwise direction only when the column is dismantled.........

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Problem Found! Thanks for the help guys. Jeff74 got me thinking, my column was originaly an automatic but now has a manual bowl on it. All I had to do was rotate the bowl and everything is OK.

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