2002 Volvo V70 Steering wheel lock

Tiny
UTHNKUNOME27
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  • 2002 VOLVO V70
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2002 Volvo V70 6 cyl Automatic 100000 miles

My grandmother has had issues with the steering wheel not coming out of the lock position. I thought she just didnt know what she was doing but I have major issues with it also. Last night it was bad and I tried for about 30 minutes wiggling the key and steering wheel so we could get the car started. The key wont budge. I took out the 3 screws out of the column plastic and remove the plastic. I then took a screw driver and released the cover that goes around the switch housing. I tapped on the unit 10 times with a screw driver hoping that something would come loose and it start working. Well, it did. I worked perfectly after that.
What could have caused this and what do you think needs to be replaced to prevent this from happening again.
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Sunday, November 7th, 2010 AT 1:06 PM

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Tiny
JIS001
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The steering column lock always seems to fail on this vehicles. Your best bet would be to order the part from the dealer. To replace you would need to remove the covers again and be able to put the key in position 2 so that you will be able to remove the gear lock cable out of the ignition switch.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/337695_153692466_1.jpg



On top of the column lock you would need to drill out the 2 sheered off bolts to remove.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/337695_153709622_1.jpg



Remove unit and reverse procedure to install. The new bolts will be the same. They will have a head on them an once you torque it down, they break off.

If you feel you can not do the repair because of the drilling involved, you should take it in to the dealership for repair or if you feel it is to expensive to have it done there go to a local garage you trust and know and verify that they can do the job. Good luck and hope the info helps you.
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Sunday, November 7th, 2010 AT 3:59 PM
Tiny
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WHEN THE IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER FAILS, IT CAUSES THE KEY TO BIND. IF AND WHEN IT FAILS AGAIN, THE LOCK CYLINDER WILL NEED REPLACEMENT. HERE IS THE KICKER ON THIS REPAIR, THE LOCK CYLINDER IS A CODED UNIT, WHICH MEANS THAT WHEN THE LOCK IS ORDERED(FROM THE DEALER), THE LOCK WILL ARRIVE BETWEEN 3 TO 5 BUSINESS DAYS(SOMETIMES 7- 10). THE VEHICLE KEY CODE IS USED TO ENSURE THE PROPER LOCK IS BEING ORDER FOR THE CORRECT VEHICLE. MAKE SURE YOU PLAN AHEAD, JUST IN CASE THE LOCK FAILS AGAIN.
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Monday, November 8th, 2010 AT 7:37 PM

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