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Questions, all of a sudden the ignition switch on my 56 Belair won't go to the "lock" position. it is the original switch. Can this be repaired or should I look to buy a replacement. And where can I find instructions to pull this out of the dash ?? Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Questions, all of a sudden the ignition switch on my 56 Belair won't go to the "lock" position. it is the original switch. Can this be repaired or should I look to buy a replacement. And where can I find instructions to pull this out of the dash ?? Thanks in advance for any help.
Try getting a new key cut by a locksmith using the number on the lock cylinder. If the glove compartment key still matches the ignition, that's an easy one to pull to check the number.
 

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Questions, all of a sudden the ignition switch on my 56 Belair won't go to the "lock" position. it is the original switch. Can this be repaired or should I look to buy a replacement. And where can I find instructions to pull this out of the dash ?? Thanks in advance for any help.
You can't get the lock tumbler out of the switch unless it's in the lock position.
With the key in the lock position, insert a large paper clip in the small hole next to the key and turn slightly more CCW to remove the tumbler from the switch.
Sometimes a new key cut from the old one will even work.
 

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To remove the lock cylinder you need the
key in it set to the "off unlock" position,
then,using a paper-clip to depress the plunger
through the small hole in the key-way bezel,
rotate it counter-clockwise and it should pop out.

There's an error in the Shop Manual as it says to
turn clockwise,which isn't correct.:anim_25:
 

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Try squirting some WD40 into the lock, it could just be dry and needs some lube, wish my joints were so easy to fix.

Mikey
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Recommend you do whatever you can to make/keep the original switch. Repop ones are terrible. (No pressure, LOL).
 

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Actually, I took the car to the store yesterday and when I turned the key it went to the lock position. I didn't do anything to try to fix it yet so I guess I will just leave well enough alone for now. But will keep all the advice handy.
 

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Glad I found this thread because the same thing that happened to the original poster just happened to me - 56 Bel Air as well with the original ignition. I'd been meaning to get a spare key cut so I guess this will speed up that process. I'll also checkout the WD-40 option.
 
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