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Ignition hi my key broke in the ignition i have took the steering wheel off the ignition barrel is 1 piece with steering lock there is 2 bolts how do you remove them thankyou debbie

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How to remove the ignition lock cylinder from a 93 geo storm

is the lock assembly in the car or out?
there are 2 jobs here, removing the assembly
and after that, attacking the lock it self.???????

any lock smith can rebuild the lock, proper
it has pins that are pressed out.
it can even be rekeyed.

the remove assembly is covered in the FSM, no books? covers that.
it really is an Isuzu. impulse.

my guess is its job 1, assembly out.
so toss coin lands on job1
(on most cars, steering wheel must be removed)
once that is done, its obvious from there, right? that clamp there with the antitamper screws? then must be removed. and replaced new..

a rare car , and even more one that runs....

here is the online FSM answer

  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the combination switch assembly.
  4. Turn the key to the OFFposition, depress the retaining pin and remove the ignition lock cylinder from the switch.
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch.
  6. Remove the snapring and spacer collar from the steering shaft.
  7. Disconnect the back drive cable from the ignition switch.
  8. Remove the ignition switch bolts and the ignition switch from the steering column.

now back in?
  1. Install the ignition switch to the steering column and tighten the bolts.
  2. Connect the back drive cable to the ignition switch.
  3. Install the spacer collar and the snapring to the steering shaft.
  4. Connect the electrical connector to the ignition switch.
  5. Install the lock cylinder into the switch.
  6. Install the turn signal switch screws and the turn signal switch.
  7. Install the four screws and the coil assembly to the turn signal switch.
  8. Connect the coil assembly wiring harness to the turn signal switch.
  9. Install the two piece steering column cover and the two piece steering column cover screws.
  10. Raise the steering column and install the upper steering column mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  11. Install the left lower dash trim panel and tighten the lower dash trim panel screws.
  12. Install the lap air deflector and tighten the lap air deflector screws.
  13. Install the knee pad assembly and tighten the five screws, the bolt and the nut attaching the assembly.
  14. Install the engine hood opener cable.
  15. Install the engine hood opener and tighten the two screws.
  16. Connect the electrical connector to the cigar lighter bezel and install the bezel.
  17. Connect the electrical connector to the left switch bezel and install the bezel.
  18. Install the steering wheel.
  19. Connect the negative battery terminal to the battery.


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Ignition cylinder removal

please post make and model ,as they vary as to the method used to remove

May 20, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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How to replace a 93 MH Barina ignition barrel

take it to the dealer. for the fix or get the FSM on car and read
all the complex steps on doing that. RTM.
1993? no air bags right, (they can be dangerous to any mechanci)
pull the steering wheel off.
then remove the tamper bolts from key lock assembly.
then put in a new lock.
once the keyassemlbe is out , take it to any key/lock shop and
ask him/her to fix it, if they cant, then buy a new one.
if you want to hot wire the car, get the FSM, and use that and its
schematics to see if you can do it, if not. ask a qualified, autoelectric
shop to do it.
if the key switch has locking steering feature, like all here(usa)
do not let it fail, is it might lock while driving. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. Safety first, no>?

Feb 19, 2013 | 1993 Suzuki Swift

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How to remove ignition cylinder without key

Hi MCC, You will need to remove the plastic cowling from around the steering column by removing the screws from its underside. Tilt the steering wheel down (if fitted with adjustment) and remove the cowling covers. Disconnect the electrical sockets and then with a cold chisel knock out the four blind bolts. Once the blind bolts are removed the switch and barrel will be easy to remove, unless the lock has activated, in which case a little force may be required to remove the release the locking tongue. However if you can get a good locksmith, who knows the job, a replacement key can be made without removing the barrel. Regards and happy new year, John

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How to remove ingition housing from steering column

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Aug 26, 2011 | Saturn Ion Cars & Trucks

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Hi, Need a quick tutorial on replacing the ignition switch for a '98 Nissan Frontier. One day the truck kept running with the key removed. Another, it was making noise intermittently while parked in...

Before replacing the ignition switch, I think it would be wise to advise you that an ignition switch failure causing the symptoms you are describing is rare. If you have any aftermarket accessories installed on your vehicle(like a remote start system or alarm system. I would suspect that as the cause first.



1. Remove steering wheel if necessary for access. Remove upper and lower steering column covers. Disconnect ignition switch wiring harness connectors. If shear bolts are accessable, use a hacksaw to cut slots in exposed sheer bolt studs. Use a flat screwdriver to remove sheer bolts.

2. If sheer bolt studs are recessed or hard to reach, use a hammer and punch to center-punch shear bolts and drill a hole so a screw extractor can be used to remove them. Remove steering lock and ignition switch.


1. Install ignition switch and steering lock. Finger tighten sheer bolts. Ensure proper operation of steering lock and ignition switch.

2. Tighten shear bolts until heads break off.
To complete installation, reverse removal

Mar 29, 2011 | Nissan Frontier Cars & Trucks

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I have to replace a ignition cylinder switch on a ford zx2 escort key is broke off in the ignition and want turn even with the other haft of the key

Sounds like you will need to replace your ignition key switch.Recommending a used one at local auto wreckers most inexpensive route to go.

Dec 19, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Ignition switch is broke

Here are procedures for removing the ignitionlock assy. If equipped with SRS, extra care must be taken while removing ang installing to avoid damage to the SRS cable reel.

1. Remove steering wheel and combination switch (if necessary). Disconnect ignition switch harness connectors. If shear bolt studs are accessible, use a hacksaw to cut slots into exposed studs.

2. Remove studs using a screwdriver. If shear bolt studs are recessed or hard to reach with hacksaw, use a center punch on studs. Using a drill bit and screw extractor, remove studs. Place key in ACC position and remove ignition switch and lock cylinder.


To install, reverse removal procedure. Install NEW shear bolts. Tighten shear bolts finger tight. Ensure proper operation of ignition switch and lock cylinder. Tighten shear bolts until heads break off. Install combination switch, upper and lower steering column covers and steering wheel (if removed). Tighten steering wheel nut and Torx screws to specification.

Sep 26, 2010 | 1996 Toyota Avalon

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How to remove and install ignition switch

remove the steering coloum trim. Turn the key to run position, Press locking button on back of steering coloum housing assembly, Remove lock cylinder, Disconnect the ground strap from lock preload spring ( if equiped ) . Make sure key is still in run position when you reinstall.

If the key is non functional and you cannot turn to run then you will need the tool in this picture197ca25.gif

Aug 12, 2010 | 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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1995 camero ignition removal

  • Remove the air-bag from the steering wheel of the car. You will need to use a number 26 torx bit and unscrew the 4 bolts behind the wheel. Make sure you unplug the wires of the air-bag.
  • Use a 3/4 inch socket to remove the center nut on the steering shaft.
  • Use a steering wheel puller kit to remove the steering wheel. Place the bolts provided in the puller kit in the 2 holes on either sides of the center shaft.
  • Connect the puller to those bolts while keeping the puller inline with the center steering shaft.
  • Tighten the bolt on the top of the puller until snug then turn 1/4 turn more then strike the bolt with a non-maring hammer the steering wheel should pop off. If not, tighten bolt 1/4 turn more and strike.
  • Now you have access to the ignition lock. Use a 10mm socket and extension to loosen the silver bolt about 2in in from the keyhole. Now pull the old lock straight out and unplug the 2 orange wires that come out with it.
  • Take the new ignition and reconnect the orange wires and insert the lock back into the column.
  • Retighten the 10mm silver bolt.
  • Place the steering wheel back onto the center shaft and simply push down, now special tools are needed for reassembly.
  • Take the air-bag and connect the wires and bolt it back up using the 4 bolts in the back of the steering wheel.
  • You must purchase the ignition lock from a certified Cheverolet dealer. If you do not give them the vin number of the car the correct lock may not be given to you. This is because the chip in your key is 1 of 15 different values that match the passkey 2 computer behind the radio (to the right a bit) otherwise you will need to bypass the passkey system by putting the proper resistor inline so the unit thinks it is reading the key, but this also bypasses a portion of your anti-theft system.

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