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My 75 firebird has issues with the Ignition, sat for years and got it running using a remote start button and all that because the keys were lost. Got a new cylinder and keys to try and when installed still wouldn't turn. Took it back out and the new cylinder works fine, but the actual Ignition will not budge. Any tips? Can't get it to move and don't know how to get it freed up or what's wrong with it. Is an automatic floor shift and the steering wheel is not locked.
 

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The actual ignition switch is near the base of the steering column, check the linkage going from it to the ignition barrel. It could be bound up, or the actual switch is. Maybe it thinks it's between Park and Reverse? There is a collar on the steering column near the dash that rotates with the floor shifter. If you had a column shift, this is where the lever would be mounted. Grab onto it and try rotating it to the left, if it moves a bit, try the key again. Sounds like it's between the barrel and switch to me though.

Good Luck!
 

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The actual ignition switch is near the base of the steering column, check the linkage going from it to the ignition barrel. It could be bound up, or the actual switch is. Maybe it thinks it's between Park and Reverse? There is a collar on the steering column near the dash that rotates with the floor shifter. If you had a column shift, this is where the lever would be mounted. Grab onto it and try rotating it to the left, if it moves a bit, try the key again. Sounds like it's between the barrel and switch to me though.

Good Luck!
Do you have any photos of this linkage for the floor shift your talking about?
 

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Everything you need to inspect first is part of the steering column. The ignition switch is an obvious component to spot, it's a little rectangular box with a bunch of wires plugged into it bolted directly to the shaft of the steering column. It looks like this. It might be blue, it might be grey, it might be white, or cream in color, but you're going to see it. There is nothing else like it bolted to the column.

There is a linkage rod that goes from the ignition barrel to the switch. When you turn the key, you're actually just sliding a rod that selects one of the 4 relevant positions of the ignition switch (accessory, off, run, start). If the switch is stuck, the rod will not move. If the rod is stuck, the switch can't move. If either of these two components can't move, the ignition barrel obviously can't rotate because its all connected.

Look UNDER the dash at the steering column, you will see that switch and the linkage rod running into it. My money is on the problem being the linkage rod or the switch. Ignore the "floor shift" thing for now and just inspect the ignition switch and linkage rod.
 

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Everything you need to inspect first is part of the steering column. The ignition switch is an obvious component to spot, it's a little rectangular box with a bunch of wires plugged into it bolted directly to the shaft of the steering column. It looks like this. It might be blue, it might be grey, it might be white, or cream in color, but you're going to see it. There is nothing else like it bolted to the column.

There is a linkage rod that goes from the ignition barrel to the switch. When you turn the key, you're actually just sliding a rod that selects one of the 4 relevant positions of the ignition switch (accessory, off, run, start). If the switch is stuck, the rod will not move. If the rod is stuck, the switch can't move. If either of these two components can't move, the ignition barrel obviously can't rotate because its all connected.

Look UNDER the dash at the steering column, you will see that switch and the linkage rod running into it. My money is on the problem being the linkage rod or the switch. Ignore the "floor shift" thing for now and just inspect the ignition switch and linkage rod.
Thanks! Will be checking all this tomorrow
 
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