Originally Posted by Max91
Hey ezone, I read the other post and as usual thats great information.
My question, is there any preventive maintenance that can be done to avoid this happening?
Yeah. Don't use your key in the ignition so much....
I haven't seen this addressed by the manufacturer at all, and the only thing I can think of that the average Joe could possibly do is to use some lock cylinder lubricant occasionally.
I was thinking....The bulletin actually only addresses retumbling the rest of the other lock cylinders, not the ignition lock.
This means that if your local dealer only employs people that can follow instructions (I can't), you may not get this resolved without buying a ton of new stuff (column lock assembly and/or complete lock set). Someone that can think outside the box is who needs to be on the job, because this isn't in any service manual.
The charge here is around 220-250 McDoubles, depending on what all is needed to do the job, from start to finish....
But that doesn't include the tow truck charge.
Some people might understand why the labor charge is so high once they have to figure out for themselves how to get the headless bolts off of the column lock and get it out of the car....
I wonder if there would be a market for fixing these sidewinder locks..
Does this sound fair?
You get it pulled apart and send the column lock to me with the correct key, and maybe by the next day or so I ship you back a repaired unit with 2 new anti-tamper (breakaway) bolts.
Certified check totaling $120 US McDoubles for my work, parts, tax, etc., plus whatever amount to cover shipping.
I guess the only thing I could really guarantee would be that it worked when it left my hands though, since I have no control over what happens during shipment, nor what happens during the rest of the job once you or your mechanics get ahold of the repaired unit..