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    ive pm'd u mate. Sorry i didnt make my self clear what you have to do is take of the plastic switch on the left hand side of the barrel/steering colmun by removing the two screws that have got some red wax on.Then remove switch and that will expose a small silver star like rod this is the item i mean to turn back like you where turning your key in the ignition that will turn the ignition barrel back to the start position from being stuck in position 3
     
     

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    These, highlighted in the first picture, are the red wax screws in question I assume?
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    yes mate they are the screws, just scrape off the red wax and it will reveal 2 small slotted screws. Take them out and pull the plastic switch away. That will then reveal the little silver rod, put a pair of grips on to it and gently turn it back torwards u like you would if you were turning the engine off with the key. The little metal rod will then pop out a few cm which means your key/barrel is now in the off position. You may also need to put a flat head screw driver in to the switch and do the same to that as that is prob also in the on position. I put all mine back together again and it now works better than ever
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    Spot-on Dave mate, thanks sooooo much for this!!!

    I'll be having a crack at it tomorrow, and I have your number if I get stuck, but fingers crossed I won't need it.
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    Well, a strange but happy update.


    Thanks to a combination of advice from my new best friend devon dave and some consultation with the venerable RYM, I have managed to get the problem sorted (for now, it appears) freely!

    I did what Dave said in the above posts with the pliers etc. which helped me in managing to reset the switch and shaft which connects to it, but it was getting me nowhere in terms of actually removing the tumbler.

    RYM suggested a beefy paperclip, which I tried, and while I still failed to remove the tumbler, I managed to screw it around inside enough to do whatever needed doing and found that it's now working again when I use the key. Happy days!

    So once again, huge thanks to devon dave and RYM for their expertise.

    I'm going to carry all the necessary tools and paperclips/hairpins, etc. in the car with me from now on though in case I get caught on the hop by it. I would recommend anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation do likewise.
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    No problem wouldnt like anyone to spend money when there is no need.I found after using all sorts of clips/wire for 4 hrs to try and remove the tumbler all i had to do was get a 2mm allen key and push the long end in and it took me about 2 secs to remove
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    used the exact same fix on mine still going fine although i do keep the little screwdriver and pliers in the car just in case lol
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza316i View Post
    used the exact same fix on mine still going fine although i do keep the little screwdriver and pliers in the car just in case lol
    For reference, Dazza, how long since you did yours? Time/mileage?
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    about 3k and a couple of months car does a lot of stop start and alot of ignition use when i bought it in november had this fault and did it then and then2 months ago it happened again so id estimate 8 months between fixes i can live with that and can now do it in less than 2 mins
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza316i View Post
    about 3k and a couple of months car does a lot of stop start and alot of ignition use when i bought it in november had this fault and did it then and then2 months ago it happened again so id estimate 8 months between fixes i can live with that and can now do it in less than 2 mins
    Can you fix it without taking the steering column apart? Just by sticking the pin into the little tab and jiggling it a bit?

    Cos When I eventually sorted mine today, the way it happened, I think I coulda actually done it without dismantling anything.

    What do you reckon about that?
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