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Re: 1992 cavalier ignition switch and key assembly
The following procedure is "generic" for replacing the lock cylinder. There are a couple of specialized tools you will need and saftey precautions concerning the air bag system.
Take a look and let me know if you wish to tackle the job.
To remove the ignition lock: CAUTION
You must remove the steering wheel when replacing the ignition lock. On vehicles with a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system, you must temporarily disable the SIR system and remove the inflator module when removing the steering wheel. Leaving the SIR system on could result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury.
Disconnect the negative battery cable, and remove the steering wheel.
Remove the bumper and the carrier snapring retainer from the steering shaft.
Use a lock plate compressor screw tool to install the lock plate compressor screw in the upper steering shaft. To keep the shaft from telescoping, tighten it to 40 inch lbs.
Using the lock plate compressor tool, install on the upper steering shaft, tighten it to depress the shaft lock. Remove the shaft lock retainer, the compressor tool and the steering shaft lock.
Remove the turn signal canceling cam assembly. Put the turn signal switch in the "N" position and remove the upper bearing spring.
Position the turn signal switch so the mounting screws can be removed through the holes in the switch and remove the turn signal lever.
Remove the turn signal switch-to-steering column screws and lift the turn signal switch. Remove the wire protector and disconnect the turn signal switch connector.
Use a terminal remover tool to disconnect the buzzer switch wires from the turn signal switch connector. Remove the buzzer switch assembly with needle-nose pliers.
Place the lock cylinder in the ACC position, then remove the lock retaining screw and the lock cylinder set.
To install the new cylinder lock, reverse the removal procedures.
Tighten the lock retaining screw to 22 inch lbs., the turn signal switch screws to 59 inch lbs. and turn the turn signal lever screw to 53 inch lbs.
As part of the final replacement procedures, check the operation of the switches and the steering column.
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There is an Ignition switch that is located under the dash. On the other hand if your referring to where the ignition key goes in then this part is called an ignition cylinder. If it is the ignition cylinder (or tumbler) then yes the steering wheel must be removed to replace this and you will need special tools to do it. I would not suggest doing this yourself with no experience as there are lots of small pieces and parts in there. The ingition switch is located under the dash on the steering column and has a wire harness attached to it with numerouse wires. This is replaced by removing 2 small bolts and unplugging it. There is a rod running down the column that goes into a slot on the back side of the ignition switch. It must be placed in the hole where the old old was and then the switch may need adjusting forward or back to properly work. Hope this helps.
You don't need to remove the housing. The switch mechanism can be removed and replaced with a new one. With the key in the ignition in the lock position, there is a button in the face of the housing that you depress and the switch slides out. Slide in the new switch. Learned this the hard way. The local garage replaced the whole unit in the corolla after several hours work and a lot swearing. They gave me the old unit when I picked up the car and after a few minutes of studying it I discovered that it was quite simple to change. Good luck.
Instead of demolishing the expensive ignition lock, call a couple of locksmiths and ask for the cost of curing your problem. They have special tools for this and can generally provide you with a new key.
It will likely be less than replacing the lock assembly.
Tumbler is mechanical only and rotates electrical portion of ignition. Basically, a lock on an electrical switch. Key sends signal through an implanted chip to allow start circuit to work.I'm thinking replacing the cylinder lock and having rekeyed to original key should fix the problem. Most locksmiths can do this and can run $140 or so with even a new programmed key.
BMW ignition lock replacing. According to manual no special tools needed. here procedure!
Ignition elec switch. Disconnect battery. 2. remove trimpanel from lower leftside of instrument panel. remove screw retaining lower steering column and remove cove. 3. remove slotted screws on both side of switch. 4. relase tabs and remove switch from elec harnass and remove sealer.. note: before mating new ignition elec switch check that switch is in correct position. seal screws again.
Ignition lock cylinder replacing. 1. insert master key and turn 60 deg to radio position. 2. inset piece of stiff wire into opening in lock cylinder and pull cylinder out. (Note early models up to 10/95 turn lock cylinder back 12 deg to release)
You need to remove the shroud so you can see the whole lock assembly.Once this is removed you should see a little silver retainer pin. While pushing in on the pin, rotate the lock with the key in it, until you feel the pin drop in. At this point you can start to pull the lock out. You may need a torx driver to unscrew some of the bolts, but there are no special tools needed to actually remove the lock assembly , besides a working key.