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Removal of the key switch

I am having trouble finding the pin that holds the switch in place. I can't find the keys and need to replace it. Can someone please tell me how to get the darn thing out?!!!

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    Angelo Soto Jan 05, 2009

    This process may work, but I can't find the key. Do I ned to turn the switch or is there some way to remove the switch without the using the key?

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Try this

disconnect the battery, set the parking brake, put the key in run, pry the horn button off, unplug the horn. Remove the snap ring from the shaft, remove the nut off the shaft. I think it's an 18mm. Get your steering wheel puller or harmonic balance puller out and pull the wheel off. Pull the black plastic cover off, use the lock plate removal tool to depress the plate, pull the ring off the shaft that hold it on and remove. Unscrew the turn signal lever from the switch, unscrew the switch and remove ( you don't have to unplug it, just give it a tug and pull it over the shaft. Unscrew the screw holding the tumbler in and slide it out. The switch must be in RUN. Installing it is the reverse.

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