Addressing Your Ignition Lock Housing Problem
You just finished your breakfast and you walk to your garage with all the stuff that you need for the rest of the day. You are already primed for the get-go. As you get in your car, the cozy driver seat becomes a wonderful welcome. It puts you in an even better mood. Now, all you need to do is insert the key to the ignition lock housing and crank the engine. However, it does not seem to work. What a bummer! Here's what you can do to fix it.
Try to check if the problem is just caused by minor issues
You might not have been familiar with the features of some cars where the ignition switch locks itself when your ride is parked. This can often be solved with simply turning your steering wheel left and right in small increments until the lock is relieved. From there the key can be turned already to start your car. If you think this is beyond this simple issue, then you can proceed to other remedies. But remember, before doing any procedures from this point on, make sure that your car is firmly parked (preferably on a leveled surface) and the parking brake is applied.
Procedures to get to the ignition lock housing
In most modern cars, you can find the ignition lock housing in the same shaft with the steering wheel. It would be helpful if you can get a diagram so that you can easily take the assembly apart. Before beginning, you should disconnect the car battery located under the hood. This will eliminate any current that might interfere with your operation. After that, you should carefully remove the steering wheel. This will allow you to reach the different pieces found in the stalk. Remove each piece one by one and store them in proper order so that it does not get mixed up when it is time to put it back together. You will have to remove the switch levers for the lights and wipers as well as the housing for the stalk. Once everything is taken away, you should be able to locate where the ignition lock housing is.
Tinkering with the problematic part
Now that you are cleared to move on the ignition lock housing, carefully slide out the part from its place. You might have to unscrew some bolts and remove clips that hold the piece to the rest of the assembly. After that, trace the wires and disconnect them. You should be able to pull it out and place it on a table for close examination. Check if the links are still in good shape. If they are, you can still use them after the repair. Remove the ignition switch from the housing and replace it if needed. Using a screw driver, check if the shaft is also working. It might need lubrication and careful adjustments as well. Once you are done, put the assembly back together and test if it is already working. Well all else fails, it would be a good idea to have an expert to look into your problem.