I have an 84 Ford F-150. The key broke off in the ignition cylinder. I was able to remove it but can't remove the ignition switch. People keep telling me there is a little button to push - haven't found a button. I have the steering wheel removed and the steering column exposed, but don't see a button or pin to push (other than the pin under where the steering wheel was) but it doesn't appear to help. How can get this ignition switch out? If I drill it out, what size/type of drill bit should I use?
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Re: Ignition switch 84 Ford F150 no key
When you say you were able to remove it - does this mean the broken part of the key? if it was, then just take both pieces to a locksmith that cuts auto keys, and have a replacement cut. If it uses a transponder, make sure this is copied also.
With a working key, remove any plastic surround around the lock mechanism (put the steering wheel back on), and look at the lock mechanism around the actual lock. Turn the key to position 1. This should allow a small pin on the side of the lock body to be pressed in - releasing the lock cylinder, which will come out on the key when you pull it.
These are some makes where you have to drill to depress the catch, but this is a hands-on job for an auto locksmith.
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no, you have to have the switch in the on position, you either have to drill the ignition out (1/2" drillbit) or chisel the tumblers out of the cylinder... using excessive force may break the column...which is definatly way more $ than a lock cylinder. to be safe i would just use the chisel method... if you drill too far you will ruin the column also
Remove the ignition switch cylinder and inspect the contacts in the column. Look for dark spots, scratches, excessive scuffing. My guess is that cleaning the contacts with a little tiny piece of sandpaper and perhaps bending them out a little (so there is more pressure between the contacts when you reinstall the cyclinder) will cure the problem.