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Old 08-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #21
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Just bought my Astra last Saturday and am trying not to dispair...I actually have to jiggle the steering wheel and turn key at the same time. My old Honda CRV had this kind of thing, too, but it wasn't as extreme as this!
Now I have to go back to the dealer and have them show me how to open the hood. I'm not stupid - I can follow an owner's manual as well as anyone, but in thirty years of owning cars, this is the one that's got me completely baffled. Good thing it's pretty...

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:53 PM   #22
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Now I have to go back to the dealer and have them show me how to open the hood. I'm not stupid - I can follow an owner's manual as well as anyone, but in thirty years of owning cars, this is the one that's got me completely baffled. Good thing it's pretty...
The hood release is located below the dash on the bottom of the driver's A-pillar. It a narrow vertical handle that hinges at the top and is unmarked. The safety release under the hood is located to the left of center (ie: closer to the driver's side) and is bolted to the hood itself. You pull up to release.

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Old 06-12-2017, 06:04 PM   #23
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Bumping up this old thread as I am experiencing this problem with mine too.

It is suggested that if your wheels are turned when you park it helps put pressure on the steering lock making it harder to turn the key and unlock the wheel.

Well, when I park at home, my wheels are perfectly straight due to how I park and how my space is. And, it still happens. It seems to happen randomly no matter how I have my wheels turned. And it really sucks.

The whole turning or jiggling of the wheel does seem to work but does not seem 100% consistent either. There is a noticeable click/release when it does turn that is not present when things work normally.

If anyone has found an actual cause/solution it would be appreciated.
Trying to decide if I want to try replacing my lock cylinder to see if that makes a difference.

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Old 06-13-2017, 07:20 AM   #24
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Mine has never not let me start the car, but I have noticed it is harder to unlock than most cars.

Has anyone else with a manual noticed that the neutral safety switch often just doesn't work? I can normally get in my car, put the shifter in neutral, and start the car without the clutch. Normally in the US, you have to press the clutch to start a manual car. And sometimes it does require me to use the clutch to start, but there is no rhyme or reason to it. Just another quirk I've noticed.

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TDA:
-Even if your wheels are straight you may be leaning on the steering wheel as you entering or exiting the car. The wheel locks as soon as the key is removed just nudging it is enough to make it lock the ignition up.

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- The astra always requires the clutch pedal to be depressed during start up, you could bypass this if you wanted to by taping the tiny button switch located behind the clutch pedal. That little switch may be worn out and not releasing properly letting you start the car without pressing in the clutch

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Old 06-14-2017, 07:29 AM   #26
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Sticky clutch switch sounds like a good explanation. I prefer starting without the clutch anyway, except for those mornings when I forget to take it out of gear and it lurches forward a bit

It's supposedly better for the thrust bearings in the engine, since the clutch puts an axial load on the crank when the engine is cold and less lubricated. Probably doesn't make much of a difference though.

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Mine has never not let me start the car, but I have noticed it is harder to unlock than most cars.

Has anyone else with a manual noticed that the neutral safety switch often just doesn't work? I can normally get in my car, put the shifter in neutral, and start the car without the clutch. Normally in the US, you have to press the clutch to start a manual car. And sometimes it does require me to use the clutch to start, but there is no rhyme or reason to it. Just another quirk I've noticed.
My Neutral Safety Switch has started to have some issues. I bought a new one (they are about $15), but I can't figure out how to replace it, but while I was down there, I noticed I could just bend the bracket a bit back toward the driver and it worked again. That's done the trick for a while now, but occasionally, it now wants to be slightly less than fully depressed.

For those with the sticky key, I had that last year. I just keep some powered graphite in the car, and spray it in the ignition occasionally, and that seems to keep the tumbler's lubricated.

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-If the barrel is not turning, may be due to faulty pins or damaged lock cylinder. So, inspect the barrel, and the ignition switch.

-If the barrel turns all the way and there is not starter response, the ignition switch may need to be replaced. Before doing that check battery and starter to see if they are working properly.

To replace my ignition switch it took me almost 4 hours working with peace on mind. Right after removing the steering wheel, the most scare thing a saw was the electronic module that houses the signal and wipers. It turn out so easy when the 3 screws are removed. Then entire electronic module will come out leaving the ignition switch at your mercy.

Done deal, now my Astra is running like always does: NEW

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