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Changing an ignition cylinder on a 1995 buick century

I have removed the airbag and steering wheel, but cannot get the lock plate off. do not know how to remove or change cylinder, could use a diagram.

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  • deltarecover Dec 03, 2008

    thanks, now also when i removed the steering wheel there was something that looked like magnetic white tape that unravelled, do i just ravel it back up? it is wrapped around a yellow cylinder where the snap ring is?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    car taken in for oil change and steering wheel was changed. need to know time needed to do this

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There is a special spring compressor used to compress the lock plate spring underneath it, then you will be able to remove the snap ring holding the lock plate down, and lock plate spring. You will then need to remove the blinker multi function switch. You will then have access to the bolt holding in the ignition cylinder. There are 2 wires attached to it that run down the inside of the steering column that will need to be unplugged at the base, and new wires threaded down through the steering column when installing the new ignition lock cylinder.

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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    Casey Dec 03, 2008

    The "magnetic" white tape you are describing is possibly the SIR (Supplemental Inflatable Restraint) Coil and if you wind it back up to re-install it will be indexed incorrectly so you will have an airbag light on and the airbag system will not function properly. You will more than likely need a new SIR Coil.

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