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1994 ford explorer replacing ignition lock cylinder

I have the new one and im having trouble finding the hole for where to push the button in to pull out the cylinder also does it have to be turned as like your starting it to get it out while pushing in the button or what?

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  • TWorthington Dec 27, 2008

    THATS NOT HOW TO DO IT ACTUALLY THERE IS A TUBE ON THE COLUMN  COLLAR THAT IS ANGLED TOWARDS THE PIN THAT YOU HAVE TO PUSH TO RELEASE THE CYLINDER YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE NEGATIVE BATTERY WIRE OFF AND THEN STICK i USED A METAL HANGER UP THE CYLINDER AS I TURNED THE IGNITION AND SLID IT RIGHT OUT THATS HOW YOU TAKE IT OUT IN A 94 EXPLORER

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    Dirk Whittemore Nov 17, 2013

    I don't see any openings in the end of the tube. I tried pushing a hanger in the end of the tube in case I just couldn't see the opening, and hit metal. No opening. Mine is a manual transmission if that makes a difference.

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T Worthingtons post was spot on. After having spent numerous hours looking for the mysterious hole and searching many on line forums I arrived here. The access tube is on the right side a little below the centerline of the lock cylinder and indeed at an angle. Some 1/8 welding rod or wire can sneak between the steering wheel and the tube. Put the switch in the run position and you can feel the cylinder release. Thanks much for the correct post.

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  • Neal Bachelder Dec 13, 2011

    Right on the money!!!!!!!

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The hole is directly under the cylinder on the column. You might need to take the plastic cover off so you can see, but its not necessary. You will have to turn the key towards the starting position in order to push the pin up and remove the cylinder. I usually use a small allen wrench to do it.

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