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Ignition switch thumbler in a chrysler cirrus

How do I remove an ignition switch thumbler in a 1999 chrysler cirrus?

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There is a fuse panel on the drivers side dash, remove the panel and unscrew the phillips screw that sits close to what would be 3 o'clock securing the plastic panel.

Carefully use a thin flat head screw driver to slowly insert between the radio fascia plate and the dash and carefully pop it free in steps every couple of inches.

Remove the top two phillips screws securing the plastic dash and bottom two screws. That will release the top part of the dash and allow you to access the 3 phillips screws across the top ( 2 on the left side 6 inches a part) and 1 closest to the radio dash. There are 2 phillips screws closest to the fire wall one in each corner.

There are 2 phillips screws holding the plastic cover under the steering column.

This will now gives you complete access to the ignition lock assembly.

Remove the wiring clip that attaches to the back of the black alarm security box on the right side of the steering column. Remove the 2 - 1/4" small bolts on the top of the steering column securing the security box.

The security box has a plastic ring around the ignition cylinder and there is a plastic clip that needs to be lifted to slowly remove it from the ignition cylinder.

There is a black cable that is attached to a pot metal casing that holds a spring and the ignition cylinder in place. It is secured with 2 Torx #10 security screws (meaning they have a pin in the middle so you will need a special #10 torx with a hole in the middle bit to remove them.) Remove carefully and note where the spring is located and what it contacts to...

There is another plastic security ring and clip that need to be slowly removed to have complete access to the ignition cylinder. Insert the key and turn the ignition approximately 1/4" to 1/2" and the anchor pin will collapse so you can slide the cylinder out.


Line up the new replacement cylinder and insert into the ignition collar twist the key if you need to release the anchor pin and secure. Check operation.

If the key does not work to turn the tumblers to remove the cylinder then you will have to drill the cylinder.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IT / FORCE IT WITH VISE GRIPS OR PLIERS AS YOU WILL DESTROY THE STEERING COLUMN IGNITION CYLINDER COLLAR. = Costly!!! Don't do it! :)

IF NECCESSARY CALL A local LOCKSMITH for an assist.

Reverse the above and install and secure. Don't over tighten.
Take pictures with your cell or cam to help with reassembly.

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I had a mobile vehicle locksmith come by, take the ignition cylinder out in under 5 minutes, replace the wafers (tumblers) and then replace the cylinder in a few minutes. If you use a key cut to original specifications (which a locksmith could easily figure out from the old key and recut), rather than a copy of a copy with rounded instead of jagged edges on the key, it may just work for you. That is what the locksmith told me. It was so worn though that he just replaced the wafers (tumblers).

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  • brgibson Mar 18, 2010

    Only once after I fixed the ignition cylinder the key wouldn't turn again. However, the steering wheel was not locked. I turned it to the left and then tried the key and it would turn again.

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You basically have to take the whole steering wheel apart to get to the tumbler. You should go buy a manual for your car and it will show details.

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