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Ignition switch
« on: November 13, 2015, 03:12:08 PM »
Hi and advice needed.
I'm trying to take my ignition switch apart as my steering lock is stuck on and I'm faced with the picture attached - after looking at this pic up close,  am i right in presuming that the screws holding the ignition housing together have been broken off at the heads.    Is this the case? , or am i missing some other way of getting it off.

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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 04:51:38 PM »
Yeah when fitted at factory the screws sheer at the heads when fitted.
I just use a 4 " grinder with a 1mm disk and cut a slot across the screw,
Then use a flat screwdriver to get them off.
I have also mig welded a small bolt onto the sheered surface and then used a spanner.
Either way has worked for me in the past.
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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 05:24:22 PM »
I recently had to do the same on my Subaru, I had trouble trying to cut slots in the bolts as it was still on the car, I ended up using a punch and hammer to start bolts turning, then could use fingers to turn, I replaced with a standard bolt, make it easier next time

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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2015, 05:30:52 PM »
Thanks for the advice - it had me stumped - Ill give it  ago -
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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2015, 12:37:53 AM »
Or drill a hole in center and use an easyout.
Never tried this way but i recon it would work.

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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2015, 06:13:02 AM »
Just tried the small pin punch idea no luck, wont budge at all...not sure about the cutting blade idea looks like it will damage the surrounding casing.  maybe that's not a problem?     I just tried drilling a small hole,  as you suggested that hardly made a mark on the bolt at all, broke two small drill tips so far,    Ill keep at it,   looks like a trip to Nowra to buy another drill.
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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015, 07:17:55 AM »
Try a dermel with a small cutting disk
If u drill use a double sided 1/8
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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2015, 02:18:02 PM »
Thanks fellas - It's off -  the whole thing was stuffed anyway, so I ended up cutting the whole thing off.
with the grinder.
For anyone's future reference... I mistook the very centre broken part as seen in the previous pic as the bit I had to try and get out,  thinking this was a broken bolt down the centre,   I did not realising this was all part of the screw.,    once I had it off i  found out that the whole shiny piece unscrewed...not just the broken centre bit....had I realised what you guys were trying to tell me  i probably could have gotten it off without cutting the whole mechanism off - live and learn.

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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2015, 04:53:41 PM »
If u need a new rear bracket i might have 1 in the shed.
Can send it to you free
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Re: Ignition switch
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2015, 07:43:01 PM »
That would be fantastic Marty, what can I do for you in return -
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