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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition Lock: a question ...

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On my '63, the ignition doesn't seem to lock when it's in "Lock" mode.. however, (go figure) - i can't seem to switch it off TO lock mode, without the key being in the ignition. When the key is missing, i can simply turn the car on, and start it - but can't turn it back to "lock". Hmm...

Any idea what causes this? Would it be a "WD-40" fix, (perhaps 'cause the car sat for 3+ years) or is it simply that a new ignition switch is needed ??

Mitch.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2009, 07:47 PM
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I would characterize that as being what we call in the trade "Broke". I had to replace my locking mechanism after only 300,000 miles on my oldest Impala. It suffered the same symptoms you described.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2009, 10:41 PM
 
 
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Had same problem in my '81 K20 Nothing a new ignition didn't fix

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Guess that solves it! I know what I'll be ordering next ! LOL. Thanks, guys.

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Mitch,
I think your switch might be working perfectly normal. Recall that back then the switches did not require a key during normal on/off/start functions. You only needed the key if you wanted to "lock" the ignition. There is a separate off vs lock position that is not found on later model cars. You can drive around all the time without a key if you never put it in the "lock' position.
I do think you can go from off to lock without the key but not the other way but I'll have to check on that.
Remember back then everyone left thier front doors unlocked too
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reminds me of when i use to pull into the local Wa-Wa convenience store for a pack of butts...pull the key out with it runnin...then lock the doors....leave it "rumpin at idle"......THESE OLD BABE'S HAVE CHARACTER....!!!!!!..im so happy i have mine..and didn't sell it up north to rot in someones front yard

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