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    Ignition barrel problem - key not removed - cannot lock doors - and how to fix it

    Symptoms:

    1) Warning beep that the ignition key is still inserted when driver's door is opened
    2) Radio remains on when key is removed from the barrel
    3) Unable to lock the car with central locking - either on remote or by using the key in the door

    Diagnosis:

    The ignition barrel thinks the key has not been removed when it has.

    There is a white plastic rod in the ignition barrel which is pushed by the inserted key pushing against a switch contact in the rear of the housing that takes the ignition barrel. This rod sticks due to dirt and debris in the barrel and does not spring back when the key is removed.



    Things to try:
    • Disconnect the battery for a few seconds and then you'll be able to use the central locking to lock the car; you'll need to do this each time you leave the car.
    • Try blowing compressed air down the barrel to blow away any debris
    • Try blowing brake cleaner down the barrel
    Temporary Fix:
    • Remove the ignition barrel:
      • Remove upper steering column shroud nearest to the dashboard only by undoing two screws; you need to turn steering and remove the two round plastic screw caps
      • Install the ignition key and turn it to position 1
      • Insert a thin bladed screwdriver in the square hole in the top rear of the ignition barrel to release the barrel
      • Pullout the ignition barrel using the key
    • At the back of the ignition barrel: Remove the black plastic retainer, return spring and white rod from the ignition barrel; blow air down the back of the ignition barrel to clear debris; spray cleaner down rear of barrel; clean the parts and assemble.
      • It was a surprise how much dirt and large pieces of junk came out.
    Permanent Fix (well until next time it gets clogged):
    • Get a new barrel using your key number for around £70 incl VAT
    Cheers Bob

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    Do you no where to get the barrels from? this has just happened to my car will try and clean the barrel out tomorrow as i have a day off then.

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    Thank you so much for this. Can sleep peacefully tonight knowing my car is locked!

    Any advice on how to replace the top of the steering column? It was awkward to remove but I'm really struggling to jam it back in!

    Cheers
    Steven

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    Just worked it out. Lower the steering column first!

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    @Batfinki - thanks, it did work.

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    Bob I have the same problem but don't no where the plasic part is to clean? Do I have to take barrel apart as can't see it on the end of barrel taken out!! It's driving me crazy not being able to lock car many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crofty2014 View Post
    Bob I have the same problem but don't no where the plasic part is to clean? Do I have to take barrel apart as can't see it on the end of barrel taken out!! It's driving me crazy not being able to lock car many thanks
    The OP hasnt logged in for 5 years dude!
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    Some one please help !!!! Using above method I still have a problem with the central locking and boing boing alarm ...... My question is with the barrel out and pushing a blunt instrument into barrel housing to press in the little white rod I still get the boing boing alarm ??? Surely I'm tricking the lock into thinking the key is removed ??? Please advise before I go nuts

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    Try twisting the lock/plastic rod back a touch like u do to remove the key when all working. Imo u pushing down inside the lock is just making the car think the key is still in there, as as u push down u r make a contact with a sensor giving u the chiming sound.

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    Hi I have this problem I've took barrel out cleaned it and still the same problem. When I took the barrel out without cleaning it it was still beeping leading me to believe it wasn't the barrel

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