i have a 2000 chevy s10 that was recently broken into. they tried to steal it but just ended up messing up my lock cylinder. my question is how do i unlock my steering wheel. its a 2.2l and 5 speed.i can still put my key in the ignition and the door chime comes on i just cant unlock my steering wheel. it does have the passlock system on it.i know how to repair it, was just wondering if there was a way to unlock it so i can move it off the streets and into my garage?


Asked by Sep 16, 2014 at 04:47 AM about the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 2 Dr LS Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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have it towed and get a pro to fix it- doesn't your insurance pay for it?

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Don't really Wana tow it or deal with insurance. Rather fix it myself.

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John Carson

Go to you local speed shop and get a repair manual that shows the steering mechanism. Have you tried to move the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key? You pay for insurance, if it was damaged during an actual crime attempt, there should not be any points against your insurance. You will have to get a new ignition lock and if your keys are programed to a anti-thieft device or to the computer, it will have to be re-programed. If you are that good at fixing things, more power to you. A pro doing it will get it right the first time. Try it yourself if you want, in the mean time, talk to your agent on the claim. Don't forget to make a police report also.


ok so i got it all apart and replaced it all but now the lock cylinder just free spins in the chamber???any help would be appreciated

John Carson

It sounds like they used a screw driver to jam into the lock to break the keys and turn it on to start, There is something in the locking mechanism that is broken. I know you replaced a lot of parts but is the ignition lock itself new? What does it attach to to hold it in place? There is something that is broken, a small tab or tip that slides into a slot to hold it? Does it run into a ridge to align the lock and that is broken? Can only guess without seeing it.

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