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What year is it ? Does yours have floor mounted gear shifter on the console ?
Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator
If the vehicle is equipped with a floor mounted console gear shifter, it has a ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator's purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of a ignition lock cylinder control actuator , and a Park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission (A/T) shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded out to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the Lock position when vehicle transmission is not in the Park position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the Park position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the Lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
The steering wheel does have to come off to access the ignition lock cylinder, however the ignition switch is mounted to the column and does not require the wheel to be removed. A locksmith would have rekeyed the lock cylinder. The high beam switch is mounted of the left side of the column and is actuated by a 6 inch long rod. This does not require the wheel to come off.
Pop off the black ring around ignition lock small screwdriver willl do. Remove dashboard plastic to expose 2 bolts holding ignition assy. Can be tedious. IF you can turn the key turn it to Start. In the plastic housing there's a 1/4 by 3/8 hole. push in a screwdriver which will push in a button on ignition cylinder and allow you to slide it out. The hole is located at 4 o'clock if we agree that the 2 wiring harness plugs are at 6 o clock and its 1 and 1/4 inches below the face of ignition cylinder. If you dont feel that the screwdriver is pushing in that "button" rotate your key until it does. Then just slide the cylinder out.
following procedure applies to vehicles that have functional lock
cylinders. Such cylinders either have a key available or known key
numbers from which a key can be made.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Turn the lock cylinder key to the RUN position.
Using a 1/8
in. (3mm) diameter wire pin or a small drift, depress the lock cylinder
retaining pin through the access hole in the upper steering column
shroud (under the ignition lock cylinder) while pulling out on the lock
cylinder. Remove the lock cylinder from the column.
Using the key, turn the ignition lock cylinder to the RUN position,
then depress the retaining pin using a wire pin or small drift
Install the lock cylinder by turning it to the RUN
position and depressing the retaining pin. Insert the lock cylinder
into its housing. Make sure the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in
the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will permit the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder housing.
Rotate the lock cylinder using the lock cylinder key, to ensure correct mechanical operation in all positions.
Connect the negative battery cable.
following procedure applies to vehicles in which the ignition lock is
inoperative and the lock cylinder cannot be rotated due to a lost or
broken key, unknown key number or a lock cylinder cap that has been
damaged and/or broken to the extent that the lock cylinder cannot be
You have to use a pin or paper lip to insert in hole in igmition switch to release the lock cylinder. The key has to be in "on" position I think.
Disconnect battery ground cable (14301) .
Turn lock cylinder key to RUN position.
Place a 3.17mm (1/8-inch) diameter wire pin or small drift punch in hole in upper steering column shroud (3530) under ignition switch . Press retaining pin while pulling out on ignition switch to remove it from lock cylinder housing (22074) .
Install ignition switch by turning it to RUN position and pressing retaining pin. Insert ignition switch into lock cylinder housing . Ensure ignition switch is fully seated and aligned in interlocking washer before turning key to OFF position. This will permit cylinder retaining pin to extend into lock cylinder housing hole.
Rotate ignition switch, using lock cylinder key, to ensure correct mechanical operation in all positions.
program transmitter code(s) as follows: 1) Confirm that all the doors are closed and the ignition key is out of the ignition cylinder. 2) Open the driver’s door. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch to ON position within 10 seconds. 3) Turn the ignition switch to OFF position within 10 seconds, remove ignition key from lock cylin-der. 4) Push and release the driver’s door switch (1) 3 times within 20 seconds. 5) Insert the ignition key and turn the ignition switch to ON position within 10 seconds. 6) Turn the ignition switch to OFF position within 10 seconds, remove ignition key from lock cylin-der. 7) Press and hold both LOCK and UNLOCK buttons (2) on the transmitter (3) for more than 5 seconds within 20 seconds of removing the ignition key from the lock cylinder in step 6. 8) Press LOCK or UNLOCK button (2) on the transmitter (3) within 5 seconds (after step 7). All the doors will lock/ unlock to confirm that this process has been properly done. With this process, the transmitter has been programmed. 9) If you want to program an additional transmitter, repeat the procedure from Step 1) through Step 8). 10) Make sure that the keyless entry system properly operates by operating each transmitter.
From what I remember you need to put the missing key in and then press the cylinder release, a small hole by the ignition switch. Without the key, I guess you would need a locksmith to turn the tumbler then press the switch. Lock pick set anyone?