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Lost key ford bronco 1988

I am junking my old bronco and steering wheel is lock can I remove the tumbler to unlock?

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    I need to remove an R & R head lamp switch from a junk car to put on my operational car. How do I do this with little to no damage. Do I have to remove the steering wheel?

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    How to do I remove one from a junk car to move it to a working car, with little or no damage. Do you need to remove the steering wheel?



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Yes you can if you look at a tunbler assy you will see there is a pin or a tab that must be depressed to remove core measure the location on the core transfer these measurments to the housing and drill a 1/8 hole I sert a drill bit backwards which will depresse the tab or pin and pull out the core. basically you need to do some invasive tinkering or call a locksmith. You may be able to recover the key number from the dealer as well or just break the housing with a hammer.

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