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My 1999 Acura TL has white smoke coming from the steering wheel column. Once I made it home it will crank but will not stay crunk. Which of the three could it be the ignition lock cylinder, ignition starter or the ignition switch activator? Oh and it smelled was loud as if wires was burning.

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you could have a short in the wire harness that runs up your steering column. i would check under the dash for worn,frayed or burnt wires immediately. you have a great potential for an electrical fire. good luck. please rate this solution

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What you do is disconnect the battery as to not set off the airbag, and then remove the steering wheel. This will allow you access to the retaining bolt, should be a torx 20 or 25. Pull the bolt out and the ignition will slide right out of the hole, like you are pulling the key out. Then unplug it and replace. Reinstallation is reverse of removal.

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SOURCE: How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from

here are the instruction the first set are the instruction on how to remove the turn signal switch as you will need them to remove the ignition

Removal & Installataion of turn signal switch

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Loosen the anti-theft cover retaining screws on 1976 models and lift the cover from the steering column. It is not necessary to completely remove these screws.
  4. Depress the lockplate and pry the round wire snapring from the steering shaft groove. A lockplate compressor tool is available for compressing the lockplate.
  5. Remove the lockplate, directional signal canceling cam, upper bearing preload spring, and thrust washer from the steering shaft.
  6. Move the directional signal actuating lever to the right turn position and remove the lever.
  7. Depress the hazard warning light switch and remove the button by turning it counterclockwise.
  8. Remove the directional signal wiring harness connector block from its mounting bracket on the right side of the lower column.
  9. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, use a stiff wire, such as a paper clip, to depress the lock tab which retains the shift quadrant light wire in the connector block.
  10. Remove the directional signal switch retaining screws and pull the switch and wiring harness from the steering column.
  11. Guide the wiring harness of the new switch into position and carefully align the switch assembly. make sure that the actuating lever pivot is correctly aligned and seated in the upper housing pivot boss prior to installing the retaining screws.
  12. Install the directional signal lever and actuate the directional signal switch to assure correct operation.
  13. Place the thrust washer, spring, and directional signal canceling cam on the upper end of the steering shaft.
  14. Align the lockplate splines with the steering shaft splines and place the lockplate in position with the directional signal canceling cam shaft protruding through the dogleg opening in the lockplate.
  15. Install the snapring.
  16. Install the anti-theft cover.
  17. Install the steering wheel and connect the negative battery cable.
  18. Check the operation of the turn signal switch.

Removal & Installation of ignition lock switch
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove the turn signal switch as described earlier in this section. You don't have to remove the switch completely, just set it aside.
  3. Insert the key. Position the key as follows.
    • 1976-83: With manual transmission, put it in the ON position; with automatic, put it in OFF/LOCK.
    • 1984-86: Two detent positions, clockwise, beyond OFF/LOCK.
  1. Working through the slot next to the turn signal switch mounting boss, use a thin screwdriver to release the lock cylinder.
  2. To install, insert the key in the new lock cylinder. Hold the sleeve and turn the key clockwise until it stops. Align the cylinder retaining tab with the housing slot and insert the cylinder. Push the cylinder in, rotate to engage, then push in until the retaining tab engages the housing groove.
  3. Complete the procedure in the reverse of removal.

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It is easier for me to drop the column... Good Luck!

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