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Problems with ignition barrel locking in 1999 or so Commodores

talking to a mate I found out that a guy at his work is having the ignition barell replaced on their 1999 Commodore. They went to start it and they couldnt turn the key in the lock. The RAC came out and tried for an hour just to get it going, but couldnt - so now its in at a dealer having the ignition barrel replaced. Not so bad if you are going to start the car... the bad news is that apparently the steering wheel can lock when the car is actually driving!!! Not something you want to happen at 110km/h! Its a wear thing and Commodores about 7 years old or so are having the problems. The comment was made that 'there's plenty of commodores in the wreckers because of this'... has anyone heard about this or had their ignition barrel replaced for the same reason?

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SAME THIN HAPPENED WITH MY

SAME THIN HAPPENED WITH MY WIFES CAR VS .
GOT STUCK AT THE LOCAL SHOPPING CENTRE (DONT WANT TO LEAVE IT TERE.
SO I PULLED IT APART AND UNLOCKED THE WHEEL TO DRIVE IT HOME.
ONCE HOME I PUMPED SOME GRAPHITE POWDER INTO THE BARREL AND WORKED THE KEY IN AND OUT UNTIL IT FREED UP THAT WAS 6 YEARS AGO AND STILL FINE

Had mine replaced under (new

Had mine replaced under (new car) warranty at the beginning of '01 and a secretary at the dealership had her VT in getting the same thing done that very day. Both our cars bailed us up when stopped luckily and not cruising along the highway.

2 track commodore ignition lock

I am a locksmith and I know of fellow locksmiths doing around 5-10 of these per week. This is a very common problem. The keys wear out very quickly because of the way they are cut. There was also a problem in the actual design of the ignition barrel, seems to snap quite often.. Rick HK Premier Rebuild - Bare metal restoration.

commodore ignition lock

has he heard of them locking whilst someone is actually driving the car? thats the one that scares the crap out of me! I can handle having the car not starting, but to lose steering control at speed is scarey!!!!

Typical poor quality

Typical poor quality Commodores. This type of [Naughty Pottyword] should not happen, they are nice cars but made of pure garbage and get constant niggling problems like this in models from the VN onwards.

Keys please

Did the VT come standard with keyless entry etc.? From all reports this wasn't the only thing wrong with them. I had a problem with my '00 Astra in that the key sensory 'internal coding' or some rubbish wasn't set correctly and therefore wouldn't activate the ignition at start-up 100% of the time.

i am an racq patrolman, have

i am an racq patrolman, have been to a few, the majority of them have actually sheared off the switch part at the back that the key activates the switch with, bit hard to explain, the key was still turning but the barrel was not, so ignition lights were on and would stay on. luckily i could get them all going this way as i hotwired the starter relay and when they get home, they pull the efi relay out to switch the car off, then call a locksmith.
but the vectras astras and barinas have been the worst, they are the biggest piles of junk ever bought into this country, people pay good money for euro style cars and the ignition barrels in them i cant even think how many i have been to. leave them in europe i say!! some i have been to have literelly had less than 100km on the dial, and the barrel locks up and in some cases we can get them going, but not always. have been to many a member that swear after having holdens for years, this will be their last.
i believe holdens have been going downhill since switching from bosch electrics to delphi at the start of the vt's. id have a vr or vs over any later one any day personally!!
ben simpson

Commy Locks

We have between 9/11 Commodores in the family at most given times now we have currently from VK/ VL/ VN/ VR & VS models in both Sedans and Wagons and in the past 8 years the only problem we have ever had with ignitions was my VK Wagon one weekend after we all piled in to go somewhere where we HAD to be!
Turned out the Ignition Switch Box that fits to the side of the Column dropped a small Brass button inside.
I managed to pry the Switch Box open, replace the button into its correct position, re-greased inside with heat paste then fitted the Switch Box back together.
Turned the key and it started straight away, that would have to be at least 5 years ago now and hasn't let me down since as have none of our other Commodores. One thing that amuses me as a retired Panel Beater is the way people do rubbish the Commodores, yes they do have more plastic, but some would be surprised as to just which cars have the thickest metal in them.
Out of all the Old Holdens, the best thickest metal I have found was in the HK/T/G range, yet the metal in a Leyland P76 or 1970 VG Valiant Coupe killed the old Holdens for good thick metal.
Often we would just cut the metal from old discarded panels from previous repairs, but on major re-builds where there was a lot of rust or customising to be carried out, we used to buy sheet metal in to work on which ever car we were working on at the time.
One real wake up was when we were working on a 1964 220S Mercedes sedan and a 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe, we checked, double checked and triple checked that day, the Mazda beat the Mercedes hands down in thickness! Never judge a book by its cover, or just remain biased and turn a blind eye... but ignorance is no excuse... Cheers, Pig (oinks308)

Broken ignition pin and jamed barrel.

On the wekend my ignition pin broke jamed the barrel and engeged the steering lock. The only way we found was to pull the complete ignition of to relise the lock. They are a extremly hard to remove as i found out. any way cheers.

how did u do it?

How were you able to do this? i am struggeling to getm ine out, iv taken the back connector off the back of the housing of my vs Commodore but cannot turn the key still. cheers

SOLVED

pressure key to the on position and whack the head of the key and it will turn on. The Barrel housing is alloy which is easily worn. When the pin and spring at the back of the housing reacts (everytime you turn it on) it creates a dent that eventually causes the pin to get stuck. I cleaned the whole barrel with CRC, sanded the dent so that it is smooth and have saved on a locksmith, parts and unnecessary travel costs. To get the barrel off you need to turn the key on. I hope this helps.

ignition lock stuck ?

remove steering wheel,push locking slide down inside its chamber,then screwdriver or chisel the edge inwards to stop pin slidind out.simple replace steering wheel, off u go


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