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Unread 09-13-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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Key release no workeyyyyy

Question do you have to pull the steering column to fix this? And or can I just delete it all together? I never did like key locks. I looked in my book but sometimes it's Greek lol.
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Unread 09-13-2015, 06:51 PM   #2
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Question do you have to pull the steering column to fix this? And or can I just delete it all together? I never did like key locks. I looked in my book but sometimes it's Greek lol.
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What exactly are you referring to? Is it the push bottom mechanism or is the key not going all the way back to OFF position?

It could just need the steering wheel pulled and the rod checked/replaced because its out of position from doing its job or broken. Sometimes is does not work because it so dry and it binds. Greasing that rod in obvious places may help.
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Unread 09-13-2015, 07:00 PM   #3
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I think both. First the release lever does not move no more than 1/4" and the key rolling back to off is hard wheel has to be in the sweet spot. I'm not for sure what's going on.

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Unread 09-13-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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I think both. First the release lever does not move no more than 1/4" and the key rolling back to off is hard wheel has to be in the sweet spot. I'm not for sure what's going on.

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Have you tried wiggling the steering wheel back and forth a little when you depress that lever? Does doing that make it work all the time? I know mine needs a wiggle every now and then to get to that sweet spot you mention. With mine, I think it's the column switch which requires me to pull the steering wheel and replace it. There is a Release Lever spring that makes that function well; in the photo, its item #21. The SW has to be pulled and then you can reach it. The image shows the rod as well.

Mine works but it needs to be replaced. I found a broken clip/spring on my floor and could not figure out what it was from. Turns out, it is that clip. The column does NOT need to be pulled.
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Unread 09-14-2015, 06:37 PM   #5
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Thanks 258 I was in college station to day and it would take me 2 to 5 minutes to get the key out. What a pia . I know you said I didn't need to pull the column but I might just to replace the bearings and repaint it. One less thing to take care of. Hey one other thing who has the spring you was talking about?

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Unread 09-14-2015, 10:17 PM   #6
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You can do it with some white lithium and a long extension hose if you have tilt. I know most folk advise against whit lithium due to it getting gummy, but I haven't had a problem. i shot some in the key release and some in above the spring then worked it in good. When it gets stiff hit it again! Done mine twice in three years.
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