A number of weeks ago I posted here about my key being stuck in my ignition of my Chevy Cavalier, as well as a problem with a loose rod connecting my door lock to the lock cylinder. I fixed the rod problem, but the ignition problem remained. Well, strangely enough, the key came out all of a sudden. What had happened was I needed to call a tow truck because of a burst brake line. I had it towed home so I could fix the line. The tow truck driver needed to go into the car to check the parking brake, put it in neutral, etc. Most likely he also had to turn the key to "on" as well. Whatever he did, after I fixed the brake line later that day, I noticed the key moved just a slight amount further down than before when I turned the engine off. It didn't dawn on me at first, but after about the third time of turning it off, I realized something had changed, and I was able to pull the key out of the ignition! So despite months of me trying to ease it out, nothing worked, then comes along the tow truck driver, and in the course of turning the key, he somehow got it loosened. And he wasn't even trying to do so. It must have been how he turned it. I don't know.
Reminds me of my car stereo. I had had a cassette tape stuck in it, and was not able to get it out for at least a year. So I was giving my roommate a ride one time, and she asked me what was wrong with my stereo. I told her, and with just one button press, she got it to pop out! Unbelievable.
Well, I have no idea what the tow truck driver did, but it worked. The only thing I did in the meantime was install a new brake line, bleed my brakes, and adjust my parking brake. None of which would have affected the key. I am perplexed about this whole situation. It feels great being able to pull out my ignition key now and not have to worry about someone stealing my car as much (although who would want a '91 Cavalier? :) )!
Question: what is the maximum number of keys I should have on my key ring that I have my car keys on (or what is the max. weight)? After removing a ton of keys, it weighs only 3 oz. now and there are only 6 keys on it, plus a number of shopping discount cards.
Also, can anyone tell me where I can buy 3/16" steel rivets for the seat belt brace which goes on my car door (I had to drill out the rivets to remove the seat belt roller to re-attach the connecting rod to the lock)? I have found only aluminum rivets everywhere I have checked, like NAPA and Home Depot. Thanks!