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Old 07-05-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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'89 760 here.
Just broke off the key in the ignition. Either teh key was worn down or the lock is getting gummy, the ignition ATE the key. I used a crescent wrench to twist it to death.

This worked last night but this morning was a no go. I've got all the plastic covers apart and I have the ignition twisted enough to release the column locks. The car starts and drives with a screwdriver.

I just ordered another key but how do I take the lock off the column so I can clean it out and inspect it?!
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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With the key in position (I) not II or III
That will be the first click, without turning anything on...

Use a small pin, (paperclip) and stick it into the small hole above the lock cylinder... it will slide right out..
It will only work in position (I)
If you cant get it there, then you will have to drill it out.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:46 PM   #4
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key isn't going in kp 1 or 2
what am I drilling out?
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:46 PM   #5
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Let me know if you need a spare lock cylinder + key
I dont have the door locks that match it unfortunately
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:47 PM   #6
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Position I should be the one that unlocks the steering column lock....
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:47 PM   #7
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column lock is unlocked
switch is at furthest counterclockwise
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
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So you ordered another key for this jammed up lock?
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:49 PM   #9
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Furthest counter clockwise? That is where you insert and remove the key correct?
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:49 PM   #10
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Are you saying you have it between the steering lock and position 1?
You said you have it turned enough to unlock the column, that should be the position that is needed to release the cylinder...

Also I cant see you using this lock cylinder again...
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:53 PM   #11
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So you ordered another key for this jammed up lock?
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Furthest counter clockwise? That is where you insert and remove the key correct?
yup but column is unlocked
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:56 PM   #12
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Well, if you cant get it to (I) then you will have to start drilling and gut the lock cylinder about halfway thru.
Half way thru and then you can push the release with a small pin, did you find the small hole above the lock cylinder I was talking about?

Somewhere online is a good write up with lots of pictures on the steps of drilling out the cylinder, I will look if you have trouble.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:31 PM   #13
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I know that small little hole but even when the key was in perfect working condition it...didn't really want to roll the cylinder over. It was mostly a struggle and chunky action trying to get it to roll over. I think it's finally seized or something and that twisted the key in half.

I'll need to drill it out and try and remove what I can. Then start the hunt for a junkyard cylinder that somehow came with a key. Right now the car starts and drives with a screwdriver.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:44 PM   #14
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On the brickboard, they warn people about this...
As soon as the ignition switch gets sticky in a 760/960...
You need to replace it asap or this is what happens...

I have a spare cylinder + key, but I will have to look for it... and I dont have the matching door locks...
If you end up wanting a whole set, I might know someone....
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:24 PM   #15
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Whoa the cylinders are 760/960 column specific?!?!
Not many of those in the junkyards around here. Finding one with a key in the car may be impossible to find.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:28 PM   #16
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yes.
no doubt about it.
on the plus side, these lock cylinders are super easy to pull.
let me know what happens.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:56 AM   #17
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With the key in position (I) not II or III
That will be the first click, without turning anything on...

Use a small pin, (paperclip) and stick it into the small hole above the lock cylinder... it will slide right out..
Nice trick. There wouldn't be a similar trick for 240s, would there?
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:11 AM   #18
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And 760/960 keys cut by the dealer have a good chance of not even working and they wont refund your $50 if it doesnt.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:09 PM   #19
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Didn't find one at the nearest yard, things got too hot and had to call it a day. Tomorrow I'm going to hit another couple yards if it's less than 90* out.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:45 PM   #20
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Nothing found in the three yards here for a 760 or 960. Great! Will a 740 column swap into a 760? I'd rather junk the car than drop a new cylinder and key into it.
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Nope.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:28 PM   #22
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SwedishBee is right on all counts.

I do have a complete set of lock cylinders (ignition, both doors, and trunk) available for a price if you need them. Also...

The VIN of the car they came off of!

Let me know if you're interested...
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:10 PM   #23
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PM sent to you sir

a dealership needs proof of ownership to make a key from VIN. =[

anyway, he's not responded to my message and if anyone else has a cylinder+key I've got a paypal account and quite a bit of desperation.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:45 AM   #24
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I will look for you asap!
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:23 AM   #25
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He will see this by tomorrow, And Im sure he can send it out fast.
You can get a key if your know somebody... I can get it for $40
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