Steering Column Repair/Ignition lock

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A 1996 Honda Civic sustained damage to the ignition lock when it was taken for a joy ride. Now the key doesn't turn to OFF, and the steering wheel doesn't lock in place. We've been told not to drive it like this. Why not?

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Hi Carol:

Sorry about your car.
My guess is they damaged the lock where the key goes in preventing it from functioning properly now. If this is true, then the reasoning behind the cautionary message is because it is possible that the internal steering lock mechanism is damaged as well and may inadvertently jam, causing the steering wheel to randomly lock up while you are driving.  Obviously, that's quite dangerous and whomever told you that is simply trying to protect you from potential harm.


Doug

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Douglas Gan

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My specialties are stolen vehicles, steering column and ignition locks repair, airbag service and installation and diagnosis. My work includes both domestic (USA) vehicles and foreign designs.

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30 years owning a company that specializes in steering columns, ignition & airbag related problems

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GM certified, ASE certified, 4 yrs college, Mech Tech degree
I own multiple auto repair companies and can help you professionally through any of our websites at:
www.steeringcolumnservices.com ---- we stock many older steering column parts and can rebuild your column if you ship it to us
www.airbagsolutions.com --- we sell airbag replacement information (no parts)
www.autoinformationservices.com -- we perform investigations for many types of vehicle claims
Please feel free to contact us through any of our websites for more information or help

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