What to know about the Steering Column Actuator:
When the ignition key is turned in older vehicles, a mechanical set of levers moved in the steering column. A rod in the steering column is fastened to the device to start the car, and a link from the ignition cylinder moves that rod. The link that is moved by the ignition cylinder is identified as a steering column lock actuator. The function of this feature is not only to start the vehicle, but to stop the key from coming out of the ignition when the vehicle isn’t in Park. It is common for the end of the actuator to break off, rendering the vehicle unable to start and creating the conditions where the key can be detached when the shifter is in any position.
Facts to Note:
The steering column actuator only applies to a particular set of older vehicles.
How to Fix:
The vehicle’s front wheels are put straight and the vehicle battery is disconnected
The defective steering column actuator is detached
The new steering column actuator is fixed
The vehicle battery is reconnected
The vehicle is started and checked for steering column actuator operation
The steering column actuator is hidden deep inside the steering column, and does not require maintenance or servicing. If your key doesn’t start your vehicle and there is no resistance or spring when you turn the key, it may be that your steering column actuator needs to be changed. Have one of your expert mechanics examine and repair it if necessary.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Steering Column Actuator:
Ignition turns with no resistance on the key
Key can be detached when the vehicle is not in Park
Importance of this service:
The steering column actuator is very important to the operation of your car. Since your vehicle will not start if the actuator is broken, you will need to have it fixed right away.