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  1. Problem solved. The collar behind the steering wheel must have moved clockwise when I was removing the steering. This traps the key in the ignition. I turned the collar fully anti clockwise and this released the key and everything worked perfectly well after that. I could remove the key and it worked fine in all positions.
  2. I have the similar problem now but my key was stuck in the ignition. The funny thing is that it was working all perfectly fine. The key was moving correctly to ACC, OFF, start and RUN positions. While I was removing my steering wheel something moved the the gear off by one position and this jams the key in the one position after the OFF position. I now cannot move the key to the OFF position to remove the key. The only way to get the key out is to remove the ignition barrel. Do you have any idea what caused the gear to move one position in your case? I don't really know what moved the gear's position. I bought my car and it was like that. My assumption was that the key cylinder may have been replaced/serviced and not properly installed. Could it be that the mechanism is loose or worn, and when the steering wheel was removed the lock rod was pushed and made it go out of position? The rod that locks the steering wheel is engaged to the gears. Is the lock rod sticking out when the key is in the off position? If not, does it stick out when in ACC? If you push the lock rod, does it easily move inwards? I have good news- after reading a bit on this site I have figured out what happened. There is a collar on the rear side of the steering that rotates both clockwise and counter clockwise. I believe this collar is somehow connected to the trans. I think after I removed the steering I must have turned the collar slightly clockwise and this traps the key past the off position. I simply had to rotate the collar fully counter clockwise and the key goes back to the OFF position and it can release again. Now the key works in OFF, START AND RUN position. For some reason it will not move to the ACC position, but for now I can live with that. Thanks for all the help guys:)
  3. Hello - I cannot get my key to move to the OFF or ACC position on my 71 Mach 1 now but the funny thing is that everything was working perfectly fine before. I could move my key to ACC, OFF, start, RUN positions but after I removed my steering wheel to change it somehow my key position changed and the key got trapped past the OFF position and I could not remove the key any longer. The only way to release the key is to take out the ignition barrel from the steering column. The key works perfectly fine when the ignition barrel is removed from the column. I could see that the gear mechanism inside the column had moved over by one position and when I insert the ignition barrel into the column the key immediately gets trapped. I see a linkage rod connected from the gear mechanism down to the ignition switch. I somehow think this has moved but I don't know how to move the gear one position up so that when I put the ignition barrel in, the key would be able to go into the OFF position so it can be withdrawn. Appreciate any advise
  4. Hello - Just checking if you found the cause of the problem. I have the same issue on my 71 Mach 1 now but the funny thing is that everything was working perfectly fine before. I could move my key to ACC, OFF, start, RUN positions but after I removed my steering wheel to change it somehow my key position changed and the key got trapped past the OFF position and I could not remove the key any longer. The only way to release the key is to take out the ignition barrel. The key works perfectly fine when the ignition barrel is removed from the column. I could see that the gear mechanism inside the column had moved over by one position and when I insert the ignition switch into the column the key immediately gets trapped. I see a linkage rod connected from the gear mechanism down to the ignition switch. I somehow think this has moved but I don't know how to move the gear one position up so that when I put the ignition barrel in, the key would be able to go into the off position so it can be withdrawn. Appreciate any advise
  5. I have the similar problem now but my key was stuck in the ignition. The funny thing is that it was working all perfectly fine. The key was moving correctly to ACC, OFF, start and RUN positions. While I was removing my steering wheel something moved the the gear off by one position and this jams the key in the one position after the OFF position. I now cannot move the key to the OFF position to remove the key. The only way to get the key out is to remove the ignition barrel. Do you have any idea what caused the gear to move one position in your case?
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