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    Default 505 ignition switch removal

    Some bugger broke into my 505 wagon last night and tried to force the ignition switch. The key will now go in, but won't turn. As you know, the procedure for getting these out is to insert and turn the key, which then allows you to depress a button on the side of the barrel which releases the switch. This doesn't work with the damaged switch. I haven't yet tried belting the button in with a punch - any other suggestions?

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    What about removal of the column and careful drilling through the switch to allow the pins to all fall in?

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    You can drill the guts out of the lock with a10 or 12mm drill bit and then remove from the column while still in the carbeing careful to not drill too deep and shag the electrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianrobbo View Post
    You can drill the guts out of the lock with a10 or 12mm drill bit and then remove from the column while still in the carbeing careful to not drill too deep and shag the electrics.
    Definately don't shag the electrics. Could be very nasty.

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    Certainly frustrating when things like that happen, I would remove the column, drill the button out and then you should be able to just remove the switch as usual.

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    ^ But to do that, you'll probably have to centrepunch the button in order to keep the drill bit centralised. So you may as well try to punch in the button at the same time.

    Though thinking about it, I'd say that it is somehow proof against being punched in, as that's the first thing thieves would do..


    Unfortunately older cars like 505s are seen as easy pickings by car thieves, because of their simple, old and worn locks.
    My 505 has an aftermarket steering lock prominently fixed onto the steering wheel every night....and in large shopping centres.
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    A slightly trite comment, but I suggest you keep a spare steering column in future so you can replace it quickly if needed.

    I keep our 505 secure by using an aftermarket steering lock. It straightaway discourages thieves, but is a bit a drag as it needs to be fitted or unlocked every time, but the door locks aren't exactly break-in proof and also late series 1 505 aren't easy to find as a pair
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    i got a secret switch that disconnects the wire to the starter motor.
    a friend of mine bought a 505 that has a vault on the starter motor, and a dosconnecting switch underneath it.

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    I had an 405 wreck with no key ,made it very difficult to move around the lawn ,what i did was carefully cut from that hole through which you push the tab in ,down the steering column to the end ,leaver back with a screw driver then pull switch out with tab protruding ,as it was a wreck i wasnt too fused about the damage ,think i used an angle grinder or dremel /hack saw ,505 could be the same or similar pugs

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    Thanks for all of your ideas. I ended up taking the column out - pretty easy with the cardin joint inside the cabin. I then put the column in a vice and belted the steel button with a punch. Didn't take long to get the switch out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pontarriere View Post
    I then put the column in a vice and belted the steel button with a punch. Didn't take long to get the switch out.
    Particularly if you pretend you're belting the would-be thieves.

    I'm still irritated some idiot ruined my door lock with a screwdriver.

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    Just grind the locking pin off while it's all in place. You end up slottling the column slightly around the pin hole but a new switch still holds in fine. No need to stuff around with spare columns. Easy job takes about 10 mins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2pac View Post
    i got a secret switch that disconnects the wire to the starter motor.
    No you don't. You've just got a switch now :-)

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