I have a broken ignition barrel and a new one on order, but that will take two weeks to arrive and I am supposed to be going on a camping trip with the car in a week!
I have tried to remove the ignition barrel using the paper clip trick and thin nails etc., but my problem is that the barrel will only turn just enough to take the steering lock off, but no further. According to the Bentley book, it is necessary to turn the barrel to position two which is the accessories on position.
Does anyone know if it really is necessary to turn the key that far. I think it probably is, as I can only get the clip in about 3mm whereas looking online, it seems that the special tool goes in at least 10mm which suggests I haven't got the holes lined up, i.e. the little hole on the bezel and the one in the lock which leads to the retracting lug.
Assuming I am stuffed using the paperclip method, is there another way to remove the barrel? Maybe drilling it out? If so, what exactly would that entail?
I have drilled one hole
which has given me some depth (beyond where I have drilled) but as the key won't turn (still) I wonder if retracting the lug would allow me to withdraw the barrel anyway? It may have to be in position two.
Any help will be gratefully appreciated.
P.S. I hope I am OK to post here, but I do wonder if it should have been a new query?