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Old 05-20-2011, 10:38 PM
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I have got a problem with the steering column in my 86 t-top Buick Regal with floor shift and I tried to start it today and the ignition will not turn completely to start the car. I turned the part on the column to get it all the way in park, and the ignition switch still will not turn completely to start the car it does the same thing please help me. everything is factory
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:02 AM
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Is your floor shifter linkage still hooded up to the column shifter? You said everything is factory but I don't think they hooked up both the floor shifter and the column shifter at the same time? Also have you turned the steering wheel back and forth to see if maybe it just in a bind?
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:00 AM
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You say it doesn't turn completely; does it turn to the run position or to what position?
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:35 AM
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did you have your steeing wheel turned left or right when you shut it down ? when you turn your engine off withh the wheel turned it may be in a Bind,try turning left or right and turning the Key May take pressure Off the Key Cylnd..
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:26 AM
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IF your sure the battery has a good charge and your battery connections are good, try rotating both the steering wheel side to side as far as you can in both directions AND at the same time the ignition key WHILE holding in the brake and if its a manual the clutch, theres an interlock that may be out of adjustment that needs to be replaced or adjusted,you may need to rock the car forward and backward in rare cases to free it up, its going to take a bit of isolate and test work to locate the problem source, in the shifter linkage and / or the ignition key

It's a common problem--as evidenced by the fact that more than a few times I had to go out and help someone get his car started
. Here's the likely scenario: you Get into your car, try to start it. The ignition key won't turn the lock cylinder. Try again, this time twisting the key hard enough to worry about breaking it off. Nope--now you're going to have to call a tow truck to get your car hauled to the dealership.

Wrong. There's no problem. You shut off the engine while holding a little torque on the steering wheel, which left the front wheels a little skewed. When you took the key out, and the locking pin slid home, the steering column tried to straighten itself out. That put pressure on the locking pin, which made the key hard to turn.

To relieve that pressure, just wiggle the steering wheel back and forth an inch or two while you gently try to twist the key. This will unload the interlock pin, and off you go.
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:52 PM
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no guys the key will turn, it just wont turn to the run position. Its like it gets stuck on the way to the run position
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Make sure the car is in park or neutral.
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never mind ,you checked that,what shape is your tumbler and key grooves in?
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Will the key turn back to the ACC position so the radio works? Do you have a 2nd key you can try?
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Will the key turn back to the ACC position so the radio works? Do you have a 2nd key you can try?
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:52 AM
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I dont have a radio in it, but i can turn it so that the windows will work, but I think im going to change the switch
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:20 AM
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Could be the switch. The original one in my El had a similar issue when I had to change it out. I remember for the longest time I was the only one that could start it because I was the only one that knew how to turn the key 'just right' to start it.
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I got it guys it was the rod under the dash on the column
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