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disable locking steering?

Postby webcat [OP] » October 21st 2009, 1:14am

I wired my van so the ignition is turned on with a toggle switch and then a push button to start , only problem after i start it the steering remains locked until i turn the key , how do i make it stay unlocked permanantly so i dont have to unlock it with a key ?
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby rev_les » October 21st 2009, 5:25am

the easiest way that comes to mind......leave the key in it; which doesn't really seem like a good idea :mrgreen: . Otherwise, you'd have to modify the mechanism,not sure if you can do it from the switch or if it operates from the lock cylinder. Should be do-able though. If it requires pulling the steering wheel, be EXTREMELY careful with the SIRS coil ,and airbag, naturally. Should just be some sort of pawl mechanism in it.
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby webcat [OP] » October 21st 2009, 6:13am

I thought about leaving the key in it but when you turn the key the ignition turns on .
I guess i could leave the key in (turned on ) and then unplug the wires going to the ignition switch but i would prefer to get rid of the key cylinder all together al;ong with the locking mechanism
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby rev_les » October 21st 2009, 6:43am

you're not running all that current straight through a toggle switch are you? I've done it on a few cars in the past but used a bank of relays to actually switch the power. Out of curiosity.... why'd you change it? ( a few cars correlates to several Furd Focusiz that had the steering column wallow out where the key cylinder goes...that's quality, i tell ya)
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby webcat [OP] » October 21st 2009, 7:04am

I have one single 30 amp relay for my ignition circuit.
I was trying to make it setup kinda like a race car , toggle ign , push start and then when i arm my alarm system it kills it so the ignition wont work!
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby astro355 » October 21st 2009, 1:08pm

I would just remove the locking ring or even locking pin from the steering column. The steering wheel would never lock them.
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby mattsrevenge » October 21st 2009, 1:12pm

shave off the end of the key (@ the GM fob) so only the shaft and grooves are left, insert into the ign so it looks like there is not a key in there
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby webcat [OP] » October 21st 2009, 6:19pm

astro355 wrote:I would just remove the locking ring or even locking pin from the steering column. The steering wheel would never lock them.

I'll look for something that looks like a locking ring or locking pin and remove.
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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby astro355 » October 22nd 2009, 11:46pm

webcat wrote:
astro355 wrote:I would just remove the locking ring or even locking pin from the steering column. The steering wheel would never lock them.

I'll look for something that looks like a locking ring or locking pin and remove.


When you get off the steering wheel, dust cover and clockspring, you will see it. Here is a pic of it.

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Re: disable locking steering?

Postby webcat [OP] » October 23rd 2009, 12:06am

Ok , Thanks , i almost have 8 spark plugs , a few more posts !
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