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My 1992 Classic has been sitting for about a month and the battery has died.

Went to jump start it today and the key wouldn’t turn in the ignition at all.

Tried spraying graphite, disconnecting battery and using spare key but no luck.

And I missing anything obvious?

Thanks!




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You might try to turn the wheel slightly
To take pressure off the locking pin
As you turn the key
Also maybe turn the key over
And see if that works
 

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Thanks no luck with that.

Does the ignition barrel need power to turn?


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Thanks again.

Steering wheel is locked too so going have to get creative in getting it to a shop!


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If you remove the shroud
You can remove the key/lock assembly
It has two screws that can be removed
Useing a punch and hammer on the top of the colu
The starter wiring connected to the key assembly can be removed and you can then use a screw driver to start the Rover
Then take it to a mechanic or a lock Smith
 

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If you remove the shroud
You can remove the key/lock assembly
It has two screws that can be removed
Useing a punch and hammer on the top of the colu
The starter wiring connected to the key assembly can be removed and you can then use a screw driver to start the Rover
Then take it to a mechanic or a lock Smith
On my 84 those screws to remove the lock from the steering column are of the snap off type which leaves you with cone shape head that provide no purchase for tools. You need to use a punch or small chisel to loosen them. After removing the plastic covers to access the screws it takes about 1 minute to tap them loose and unscrew them.

I know I got my 'barn find' without a key and it took me about 5 minutes to unlock the steering to pull it on a trailer.

You can buy a new lock/barrel assembly quite cheaply but then you end up with different keys for the doors and starting. Since I had no keys I carefully removed the barrel from the ignition ensuring that the little slot would not fall out and then after some measurements and a blank key fashioned a new fitting key which then also worked on the doors.

You might find that wear caused on of the slots to not retract fully causing the barrel to lock. A simple solution can be to remove the offending slot. You only need one to stop the barrel from turning without a key.
 
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