97 Chevy Truck Key Hard To Turn


Old 08-03-07, 09:59 PM
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97 Chevy Truck Key Hard To Turn

My wife's truck has a key problem, you have to strain and twist for quite a while before the key will turn. Some times if you move the steering wheel it helps but most of the time it doesn't. We have tried several different keys and their all the same. What I need to know is the problem usually the key lock or the machanism that locks the sterring wheel. It would be helpful to know before I tear it down.
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Old 08-04-07, 08:42 PM
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It could be either, but usually the key cylinder itself. Being a cheapy, myself, I would try some penetrating/lubricant first.

If you do, get something that's teflon and not graphite based.

Hope this helps,


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