It was nice meeting you too James =) Glad I am able to help. Appreciate your business tooMy kid's 2000 TLC did the "spinning key" trick with the vehicle stuck in ACC mode tonight at about 5PM.
It was nice enough to do it in the driveway (at home), but it was parked behind all of the other vehicles, so we got to push it out of the driveway and onto the street. Of course this happens just before the vehicle is supposed to head out on a road trip. I guess it could've been much worse if it had happened out on the road.
I reached out to @ranma21 to see if he happened to have one in stock, fortunately he did and I got to meet a "faceless 'Mud Internet friend" in person and get the replacement part. (Thank you, and it was very nice to meet you in person!)
It's too dark, and too cold to try and swap it tonight, but I know what I will be doing tomorrow. I hope fishing to broken pieces out won't be too much of a hassle, but the process seems to be pretty well documented in this thread.
I sure wish someone sold something like @scottm 's solution to the problem:
Ignition switch broken...help?!
You will want to use a dry lubricant on door locks and ignition, like graphite.Question: i am about to embark to replace the shaft only as my 2000 with 217,000 miles often times is tough to twist the key. I fiddle with the steering wheel but it usually takes reinserting the key 5 or 8 times before it releases and allows me to start.
And i prefer to do work like this in my own garage on my time and since i have two 100’s - i can roll the other until its fixed.
If (during the course of this procedure) i want to disable the steering wheel security lock to prevent any of this in the future, can someone post a pic and indicate what piece of the housing, or shaft, i could cut off?
Also, until i get a chance to perform this procedure as a preventative item, is there something i could apply lube to that would free it up any?
Sorry to disagree... strongly.You will want to use a dry lubricant on door locks and ignition, like graphite.
That is one benefit of just going with a solid piece of round-stock. I'm sure it was easier to make my pin than modify the flimsy one.@DuckLN The ignition shaft has a lobe to retract the steering wheel lock pin. So instead of cutting something off you’ll need to add something to hold the lock pin away from the steering column.
If the large lobe at the bottom was a full circle it would always keep the lock pin retracted. If you’re handy you could make a Delrin piece and add it to the lobe to complete the circle.
That is one benefit of just going with a solid piece of round-stock. I'm sure it was easier to make my pin than modify the flimsy one.