2001 Ford Taurus STEERING WHEEL IS LOCKEDUP AND MY KEY WONT

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  • 2001 FORD TAURUS
Steering problem
2001 Ford Taurus 4 cyl Automatic 123000 miles

MY STEERING WHEEL IS LOCKEDUP AND MY KEY WONT TURN
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 10:58 PM

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Try rocking steering wheel from side to side while turning key forwards and backwards. Also spray a little WD40 down keyhole. Not too much. If this release's it replace faulty barrel/switch asap. It will happen again. If this doesn't release it you will have to drill old barrel out i'm afraid.

IGNITION SWITCH
Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove lower steering column cover and reinforcement. Disconnect ignition switch harness connector. Remove retaining screws and ignition switch. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten fasteners to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table.
LOCK CYLINDER
Removal & Installation (Functional)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Turn ignition switch to RUN position. Locate hole in shroud under lock cylinder. Insert a 1/8" drill bit or punch into hole. Press lock cylinder retaining pin while pulling lock cylinder from housing.
To install, press retaining pin inward and insert lock cylinder into housing. Ensure lock cylinder is fully seated and aligned with interlocking washer. Turn ignition switch to OFF position. This allows retaining pin to extend into hole in housing. To install remaining components, reverse removal procedure.
Removal & Installation (Non-Functional)
NOTE:Use this procedure to remove ignition lock cylinder if key is missing or cylinder is frozen.

Disconnect negative battery cable. Disable air bag system. See appropriate AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEMS article in RESTRAINTS. Wait at least one minute for air bag back-up power supply to deplete. Remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL. Using a 1/8" bit, drill out retaining pin located below lock cylinder on housing. DO NOT drill deeper than 1/2".
Using channel lock pliers, twist lock cylinder cap until it separates from lock cylinder. Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill down center of ignition lock key slot about 1 3/4" until lock cylinder breaks loose from its base.
Remove retainer, washer, and lock cylinder gear from housing. Remove metal shavings from lock cylinder bore. Replace housing if damaged. To install, reverse removal procedure. Connect negative battery cable. Check air bag system for proper system operation. See appropriate AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEMS article in RESTRAINTS.
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