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Installing ignition Replacing switch & LOCK CYLINDER

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  • Mattiaus Sep 28, 2008

    I can only insert my key in about half way, it wont go any farther, like the tumblers in the lock cylinder are stuck. Tried WD-40, jiggling a small screwdriver inside to force the tumbler back down, and many other things. finally i decided to take apart the cover around the steering shaft to get at the cylinder only to find the ignition assembly is RIVETED to the steering shaft. Is there any way to remove the cylinder without needing to remove the whole assembly from the steering shaft?

  • irishwelsh60 Oct 01, 2008

    ignition needs replacement,,, key is locked up and wont turn . would like to pull ignition and replace with new ,,,not sure if i have to pull whole unit off steering column. or if its possible to change out tumblers only?

  • peranhalter Dec 22, 2008

    The key will go into the ignition but will not turn.  I have had thisd problem before and I could get it started by jiggling the key .... but that ship has sailed and I am now stuck.



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I have the same problem. I've done the repair on other cars for lest than $20 in 5 minutes.
Saturn, unfortunately is not as easy. First off, like all other Saturn parts, it is crazy expensive ($97). Second, you have to take the column apart and it is held in with 4 bolts. The service department told me it's at least an hour and a half procedure.
I hate Saturn!

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SOURCE: Trouble replacing ignition switch.

Normally we would replace the lock cylinder and housing at the dealer.....but if it were my car I'd uses a punch and hammer to slam that pin in and remove the cylinder. It's worth a try first before having to replace the entire housing.

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SOURCE: how to replace a ignition lock cylinder for a 1999

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SOURCE: instructions and diagrams for replacing

You need to remove all the cowling on the steering column around the lock. Check if there are any bolts or screws securing the lock into its holder and remove these. Ensure that the steering lock is not engaged or clamped by the steering column and put the correct key in the lock. In the ACC position, (or it might be another position) you should be able to depress a pin or tongue in the lock cylinder and this should allow you to extract it from the housing. Unplug the switch from the bottom of the lock cylinder and the job is done.

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(see Figure 1)
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the lower column trim panel, then remove the steering column-to-instrument panel fasteners and carefully lower the column for access to the switch.
  3. Place the ignition switch in the OFF-LOCK position.
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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  4. For vehicles through 1991, place the lock cylinder in the Run position.
  5. For 1992-93 vehicles, remove the buzzer switch assembly.

Fig. 1: Ignition cylinder replacement

  1. Carefully remove the lock cylinder screw and the lock cylinder. If possible, use a magnetic tipped screwdriver on the screw in order to help prevent the possibility of dropping it.
CAUTION If the screw is dropped upon removal, it could fall into the steering column, requiring complete disassembly in order to retrieve the screw and prevent damage.
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  1. Align and install the lock cylinder set. On vehicles through 1991 it will be necessary to rotate the switch clockwise to align the cylinder key with the keyway in the housing.
  2. Push the lock cylinder all the way in, then carefully install the retaining screw. Tighten the screw to 22 inch lbs. (2.5 Nm) on tilt columns or to 40 inch lbs. (4.5 Nm) on standard non-tilt columns.
  3. If necessary, install the buzzer switch assembly.
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  6. Make sure the ignition is OFF , then connect the negative battery cable.

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