Man, I just love it when problems compound themselves.
It’s pretty damn cold outside and the lows will be in the teens the next few days. I don’t have antifreeze in the car, as this is atypical weather for Raleigh and it’s generally not cold enough to worry too much about. Nonetheless, I figured it might be a good idea to run the car up to temp and get some residual heat in it, along with other measures I’m taking to keep it warm.
So I go to turn the key…
And the ignition key won’t turn. It started just fine not long ago, so must’ve been something I did recently. Well, I wanted to lower the steering column, so used the air gun on the safety bolts on the steering column to get them loose. That must’ve jiggled something loose in the cylinder, or else broke it in some unknown way. Great.
Also, the steering lock is engaged. Now, I can’t remember if the previous owner disabled the steering lock or not. It’s a new car to me, and I hadn’t gotten to that yet. I can’t get the quick disconnect adapter off, presumably because I can’t move the key to position 1 in order to unlock it.
So now I’m stuck. Nevermind about the temperature, I have no way of starting or steering the car at this point.
I’m thinking if I can manage to disable the steering lock, I can just bypass the ignition lock and put a push-to-start circuit in place, assuming I can’t ever get the lock to turn. But I gotta get the wheel (adapter) off before I can get to the steering lock bits. What would happen if I tried a gear puller to get it off? I assume I have to wind up breaking something.
Any thoughts or ideas on how to proceed as non-destructively as possible?