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Hello.

Mr ignition barrel gave out, I've bought another one, but am stuck now getting the sterring column knee bolster off to access it.

Does anyone know how to remove the steering column knee bolster? There's two phillips screws - easy enough - but then there's a tiny, 2-3mm looks like star shaped bolt peice that we can't get off. I've tried googling for a bit and no luck.

Thanks.
 

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sent you some instructions
 

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I realize you have the answer to your immediate question. It sounds like you need a set of torx keys? If you have to change any of the rear bulbs, No plate lights included you will need a torx key to access them.
 

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We thought so too, but it's the smallest hexagonal bolt I've ever seen! I thin k Machine Mart (we have a local shop) might have one, or Maplins electronic, gonna try tomorrow. Honestly, it's about 2ml!!! What a stupid thing to put in! Unles sit has a purpose of course, might ring Vauxhall in the morning and ask them what it is and just maybe could they loosen it, they must have a bit??? :-D

I can't beleive such a simple job could be hindered by something so silly!!!
 

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have you tried a allen key
 

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You say "sterring column knee bolster" do you mean the lower black plastic shroud? as that is retained by 2 posi type headed screws and an extremely small female torx screw. I have a set "lazer" torx keys which look a bit like allen keys which I have used to get the lower colum shroud off several times.

I't about 3 years now since I took the whole sterring colum out of my car because it was easier to get it to mate back up with the steering rack after changing the engine. I didnt have any problem with not having the right tools and I don't have a fancy tool kit. I did buy a set of 6 torx sockets from Halfords which so far has fitted every application on my Sintra, even stripping the engine right down.

I also seem to remember taking of the ignition barrel ( can't remmber why now?) from the colum by drilling out the 2 shear bolts which I replaced with normal allen bolts.
 

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Yep, that's what I meant, I got the knee bolster term from the Haynes Manual, I guess it's what the Americans call it!

Found a part to fit, but now have the unforseen(and unmentioned) problem of the code. I didn't know that the key is coded and the new key with the new barrel willl have to be re-coded to the car :-( A local garage told me this today when I went in to ask if they had a part or the bolt. They suggested that fitting the new barrel and then trying to start the car with the old keys alongside might work, the receiver bit might pick up the old key, but it's not a chance I'm willing to take. So, after all this, it looks like I'll either have to get a garage to tow the car in for them to repair and fix and spend a small fortune, or get a mobile person if there is such a thing and spend a small fortune!

Oh well, I tried and failed LOL
 

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the new key with the new barrel willl have to be re-coded to the car. Oh well, I tried and failed LOL
Your problem is easily resolved and will cost you nothing! I know I have done this myself:D after having a new key cut.

It's true the keys have transponder chips in them and they send a signal to the plastic pickup ring round the ignition barrel which is matched to the ECU otherwise the vehicle won't start.

Get your old key 1st just in case your worried about breaking the new one. There is a small slot in the top of the plastic body. into which you can get a 1p or 20p coin lever the 2 halves of the plastic body apart you will then see the transponder chip in one of the halves (if it didnt drop on the floor:grrr) held losely in place in a small cut out. Do the same with your new key and swap the transponders around. The key bodies just clip back together again.

Good luck:Cool2:
 

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V6 - you are a STAR!

I hit the old barell(with the key in it) after I read your post, and it moved and I could start the car! So I then drove it to the garage and explained to them, they said they had the tool ( a double hex torx key I think he said), but they were dodgy about the coding. I told them what you'd said (not naming you obviously) and they tried it and BINGO! It worked!! I know have a car I can use again and they only charged me a tenner as it took them literally minutes and I already had the part!!!

Thank you to all of you who have helped me, I am so grateful and if I can be of any help in futeure, I will. I shall keep my eyes peeled on this forum from now on.

Thank you all again :)
 
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