Ignition switch won't turn

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DIYMECH47
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  • CHEVROLET SILVERADO
I have a 1994 chev 1500 silverado, 93000 miles with a 5.7L engine. I just pulled into my driveway and my ignition swith is stuck in the on position, I physically cannot turn the switch off. Can I fix this problem without pulling the steering wheel?
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Friday, August 10th, 2007 AT 8:23 PM

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Tiny
JACK42
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You will need to pull the wheel because the lock tumbler is jammed. HEre are diagrams to help you do the repair below. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2007 AT 8:42 AM
Tiny
JDMIDDLETON
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Same thing happened on my 94. Those switches go out after a while. 25 dollars at the store and get the loner tool to push the steering wheel back down. You'll never get it back on right wothout the steering wheel tool. Taking it off is pretty easy.
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 2:33 PM
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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  • 1993 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • FWD
  • 184,000 MILES
How do I remove the Ignition Switch, and barrel, from a 1993 Chevy 1500?
. Already have Steering Wheel removed.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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There you go.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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COOL!
. And Thanks ! !

Now then. If I can just get that monster Spring re-compressed.
But I'll get there !

Thanks again ! ! !
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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Your welcome good luck on the spring.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Are you talking about the lock plate spring?If so they make a tool for that and its pretty cheap just buy one dont kill yourself.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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Really?

Yes - that Heavy-Duty, although fairly short, spring that is placed just beneath that Lock Plate.
. My buddy @ Advance didn't have anything that would do that. I've been checking around. But only come up empty-handed.

I'll keep trying !
Thanks. Again ! !
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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BUDDMANN6
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  • 1994 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • 4.3L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
My ignition switch in my truck wont turn to lock passion its stuck in the on passion it turns forwards but not back
it stuck like that before but turning it foreword always fixed it but it wont turn back this time is there a easy way to fix this without pulling the hole colum apart and needing special tools or do in need to get that tool for pullen the wheel off before I try to fix it sorry about spelling and any help will help thanks
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Its says they rent those tools at auto zone do you have one of those around you?
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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WRENCHTECH
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Your truck is equipped with a Park lockout to prevent the steering wheel from locking when not in Park and likely moving. Some use a cable and others us an electric solenoid. You need to remove the covers to see how this one works.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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Honestly. I think there is.
Don't usually use them and had forgotten about them.

. I'll contact them and see if they have that Tool for Rent/Sale.

THANKS!
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Your welcome worst case senerio they sell it for 20.00. Keep me posted on how you make out.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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NICKLOVELACE
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 4WD
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Last night I went to turn off my truck but the key would not not turn back and shut the truck off. I then drove home and it was the same thing. I got my key out of the ignition but the switch would not turn back. The truck was still running and the only way I could get it to turn off was to pull the ign fuse and diconnect the battry. But it is still in the on position.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Ignition switch located on the steering column way down almost above the brake paddle
you have a link that connect the switch to a rotating ignition cylinder and key
I would suspect a broken ignition switch actuator rod
or a bad ignition cylinder


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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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Found it, just this morning, at an Advance Auto for about $15.
. Made that job MUCH Easier ! ! !

All of You ROCK ! ! !
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Glad to hear you got it fixed thats what we like to hear.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALABAMA_WILDMAN
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COOL!
. Don't mean to be so repetitive. But Thank you SOOO Much ! ! !
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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Your welcome not a problem.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 5:29 PM (Merged)
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CHEVYII
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No you dont have to remove the steering wheel, you have to remove the column covers, put the key in the ign and there is a button on the cylinder that needs to be pushed in to pull the cylinder out
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