I have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 sport and I can not turn the key to start the truck, how do I remove the ignition to either check to see if it needs cleaned or replace it.
Dodge Ram 1500 sport 5.9Already Tried: looked for s tamper screw, or a pin to push to remove it nothing there that i noticed
Is the key aftermarket?
Reply to Kyle Northrop's Post: no its the original keys, tried both sets.
Have you tried to jiggle the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key?
Have you tried to hold the shifter in park while turning the key?
tried to jiggle the steering wheel an hold the shifter and still nothing thats why i think its internal in the switch, had the same thing happen on my 98 ford and had to remove the ignition assembly from the housing and found some metal peaces broken, this is why i need to remove the ignition from the housing to check if something broke internally
one more question...when you step on the brake pedal are you getting brake lights?
yes I am
Welcome to Just Answer,
You very likely have a problem with the shift-interlock system. Lock cylinder failures are pretty rare nowadays. If you remove the shroud around the steering column you will find a cable with an an electrical connection.
Try this adjustment procedure:
If this does not work remove the cable from the column end and manually actuate the lever , you should be able to get the key to turn.
20 yrs experience, ASE, Dodge, GM certified.
Still did not work, can you give me the instructions to remove the ignition from the housing. picture or diagram if you have one. Thanks.
A retaining pin is located at side of key cylinder assembly.
Rotate key to RUN position.
Press in on retaining pin while pulling key cylinder from ignition switch
The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder installation.
Install the key cylinder into the housing using care to align the end of the key cylinder with the ignition switch.
I have never had a inop lock cylinder that did not involve the inter-lock, you will have to force the cylinder to get it to the run posistion, and this is going to cuse problems with the theft deterrent. You are probably going to end up at a dealer anyway to get the new key programmed.
Thanks had to snap the key assembly then remove the inner lock and inner springs and could turn it over, looks like the spring on the inside was off its mechanisim, thanks again.