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Steering Lock won't activate, cannot get the key into the ignition barrel

Hi All.

My other halfs mini has developed an odd fault.

When you remove the key the steering lock doesn't engage meaning you cannot insert the key back into the ignition.

Some times if you move the wheel left to right enough, you can get it to lock and the key will go in, but more often than not it will not lock.

I've soaked the barrel in WD40 and now the key will generally go in but the steering still doesn't lock.

Has anyone else had this problem?
Is the steering lock electronic or manual?
Where is the lock located on the rack?
Anyone got a part number for the ignition barrel?

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Any luck with a fix on this Waitey?

Did you replace the ignition barrel, what sort of price was it?
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So my issue is the key wont go in, turning the wheel doesnt engage the steering lock (key out).
I assume I need a new barrel, but you need to have key in and turned to insert removal pin.

This follows a flat battery, what do the wires on the ignition switch surround control? anyone know? Is it alarm or a relay for the steering lock?
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So my issue is the key wont go in, turning the wheel doesnt engage the steering lock (key out).
I assume I need a new barrel, but you need to have key in and turned to insert removal pin.

This follows a flat battery, what do the wires on the ignition switch surround control? anyone know? Is it alarm or a relay for the steering lock?
The wires on the ignition switch surround are for the inductive ring that sends a signal that retrieves the information that's programmed into the transponder chip in the key fob.

WD40 is probably not the best thing to spray into a lock barrel as it thins and washes away any lubricant in the lock, then the WD40 eventual evaporates. If you do need to lubricate the lock barrel best to use a spray grease which penetrate into the lock then will solidify.
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The wires on the ignition switch surround are for the inductive ring that sends a signal that retrieves the information that's programmed into the transponder chip in the key fob.

WD40 is probably not the best thing to spray into a lock barrel as it thins and washes away any lubricant in the lock, then the WD40 eventual evaporates. If you do need to lubricate the lock barrel best to use a spray grease which penetrate into the lock then will solidify.
Thanks. I have used wd40 and got a bit brutal forcing the key in and it worked. A liberal spray got it sliding in and out easily.
I will leave it a day and then I will use the silicon grease spray I have I am relieved as I expected a much more expensive/difficult fix.Thanks
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