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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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broke the key on my 96 trans am and need to break the steering lock

whats the best way to go about doing this?

I'm stuck three hours from home with the car there's no locksmiths or tow trucks around etc

I have the right resistor to wire in so I can start it but I wont be able to turn the wheel

I'm more of a third gen guy and just got this car on the cheap and use it as a beater don't really care about messing the column up as long as I can drive home.

I know theres an easy way to do this besides using brute force. Would using a really long bar to break the lock work?

please help
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 08:13 PM
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Well, what I would do if I were in your shoes would be to pull down the bottom rubberized under dash panel under the steering wheel and reach above the steering column and find the rod for the ignition switch (should be dead center at the top) and pull it down towards the motor. Should easily start if you can do that, all your doing is bypassing the key switch.

To kill it, just pull it back up towards the steering wheel.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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not worried about starting it just have to figure out how to disable the lock.

thanks for your reply ill try it b4 I try to wire in a resistor and rig up a push button

ugh lucky I have some hand tools in the car
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Man.. totally miss-read that. I just skimmed and saw where you were 3 hours away and having problems.

You don't have the piece of the broken key you can shove in the cylinder do you?
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Man.. totally miss-read that. I just skimmed and saw where you were 3 hours away and having problems.

You don't have the piece of the broken key you can shove in the cylinder do you?
I have the part with the chip broke the end off somehow

I think if all else fails i'm going to try to break the steering lock with a massive bar. I just want to know if there's a better way that works to disable the lock that will work for sure because I'm scared I'll mess the column up and be unable to turn it.

I'm not having a good day
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You should be able to just throw all your body weight on it and break it. The bar will probably make life easier, just don't go through any glass with it when it gives way.


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You should be able to just throw all your body weight on it and break it. The bar will probably make life easier, just don't go through any glass with it when it gives way.
Thats what I'm thinking too. Have you tried that on one of these cars? I've never done this on anything this new just old school stuff
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Even though you are far away from home, do you have tools with you. Is there an auto parts store near you. You will need a steering wheel puller about $20 and a lock ring compressor about $15 and torx drivers, but most people already have the torx drivers. You would disable the air bags, pull the air bag off steering wheel. Its held on by screws on the back side. Then break the nut holding the wheel. Use the steering wheel puller to remove steering wheel. Next get any switches out of the way, like the turn signal switch. Use the steering lock compressor to compress the steering lock wheel and remove the snap ring. Uncompress tool and lock ring comes off, steering wheel is unlocked, without busting the column, and you can now even take the ignition lock out so it can be replaced.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 08:48 AM
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If you wind up breaking the lock pin by forcing the wheel be careful when driving it. They usually dont break clean and the steering wheel will catch while driving.
It is not the preferred method of car thiefs (hehe)
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