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Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by BB2011, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. BB2011

    BB2011 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I know you've heard it all before but I'm really stuck and thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer.

    Okay problem is my fault for constantly saying I'll fix it next weekend and never actually getting around to it.

    So tonight the ignition barrel in my VT Acclaim **** itself completely, near new key (6months old) goes in but will not turn, I've tried the new key, old key, jiggling, light hammering, WD40 which was probably a bad idea but desperate here.

    I was hoping if I could at least get it to turn to ACC/ON I can go grab a new barrel, release the dodgy barrel and fit it myself with the help of all the other ignition barrel threads on here but she will not budge.

    My question/s

    1) Any ideas or tricks to get it to turn, even just once?

    2) I've heard about drilling it out as a last resort, anyone got any sound advice on achieving that?

    Failing that as a bad option which I don't have a great deal of confidence in achieving myself, anyone know a good locksmith that is on the level in the Wyndham Vale/Werribee area? I'm still fairly new to the area so thought I'd put it out there.


    Thanks guys
    Ben
     
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    aaronevolution Donating Member

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    It took me over an hour sitting there turning the key before I could get it to turn to change the barrel. It's frustrating but it will eventually turn.
     
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    mine stopped turning last week it would not turn no matter what but then i puled the key out the slightest bit and got it to turn slightly and jiggled it the rest of the way and i was able to start the car... to witch i then drove it on to get repaired and never turned it back. i guess if you can try that im not sure if its too far gone as ive read that once it starts to stick dont hesitate fix it now (why i took it straight in) but otherwise u might benefit from an angle grinder unfortunately it might be stuck good

    good luck
     
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    Not_An_Abba_Fan Exhaust Guru

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    A little tab on the bottom of the barrel breaks off and jams the barrel, once it does that it takes a lot of patience and a bit of good luck to get it to turn. Try jiggling the key and tapping the side of the barrel at the same time.

    If that doesn't work, you will have to drill the head off the bolt that holds the clamp to the column and remove it that way.
     
  5. BB2011

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    Well guys,

    It's fixed....12 locksmiths and $240 bucks later that is.
    So frustrating to know I could have done it for around $100, even more frustrating to watch the locksmith work for all of 5 minutes to get it unstuck and all of 15 minutes to fit the new one....Thank you $240 bucks please.

    Better then being stranded I suppose.

    Thanks again guys!

    NOTE TO SELF: Next time ignition starts to stick act straight away and save yourself the headaches later on.
     
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    Hmmmm I think I need to put up my prices

    Dazz
     
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    12 locksmiths ??????? Together or one by one ????
     
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    Mines just started playing up.. has always been a bit fiddly but the panel beaters thought they'd do me a massive favour and douse it in graphite. It's now extremely difficult to get it turning. Annoying as fark.
     
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    I think they saw me coming a mile away! Out of the 12 different locksmiths I tried most were booked until after Christmas one even wanted $300...Highway robbery!
     
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    Lol that would have been something to see! Had to try 12 different ones and managed to find 3 that weren't fully booked and $240 was the cheapest quote. What a bitch!
     
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    I would have just replaced the entire inner part of the steering column. Just remove the steering wheel, plastic shrouding, indicator and wiper stalks, undo two bolts and it all slides out with the ignition barrel inside it.
     
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    Okay so you strip the steering column down to get to the bolt you need to drill to get the ignition off. Any pictures. Once you have done that how do you get it back together again.

    I cannot turn the key at all. I do not live in town. My ignition did not play up just died. I am on a pension cannot get the car started to get it to town to see the locksmith so okay HELP!
     
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    best advice wouldbe to call a mobile lock smith cost a bit but i would not be pulling the stering wheel ect apart
     
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    Here's how to get a jammed one out, GM fixed it in the states but never bothered here?!

    Ignition switch problems

    USA GTO's have the same part (exported monaros).

    Locksmiths must get rich of vt-vz commos, such a poor design.
     
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    That link was very interesting
     
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    I had the same problem last week mate I called around the locksmiths in town after trying for hours to get the key to turn one of them told me he buys these ignition barrels in lots of one hundred lol so must be pretty common. In the end I got the key to turn by pushing on the centre of the barrel (the peice the key inserts into) with a screwdriver while at the same time moving the key in and out 1-2 mm and trying to turn it it worked so at least you can get it to the 'on' position to replace the barrel or drive it to the locksmith to save the call out fee. Hope it helps.
     
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    Give us the insider info ;) what did he do/use?
     
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    Legend..
    Yep, thought the same thing about locky’s cashing in on commi’s. If it’s this common shouldn’t Holden be responsible?? Or at least reimburse the procedures cost? It’s not our fault the otherwise great car has a widespread design fault.. especially if it’s being corrected elsewhere.

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