Thanks, for your prompt reply. Just a note. I was only able to barely make out the words in the gif you attached. The resolution was too low, and I couldn't make out the picture.
Nevertheless, I was able to get the ignition apart. The tumbler is broken, but still spins. It's really a tool to turn the ignition now.
I took apart the contact housing and cleaned up the copper tracks and contacts. That seemed to make a difference. Amazing just how much they wear over the years. The contact points were most likely round. They're flat topped now.
The ignition has no security as the key can be taken out in any position. But, at least, I can start the vehicle normally, and the key doesn't get stuck.
That's 4 hrs of my life I won't get back. Better than a $300.00 bill to repair.
That's life in the fast lane.
Thanks, for your help.
Saturday, May 9th, 2009 AT 1:52 PM