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Taking ignition cylinder off

My ignition switch lock up on me so im having some trouble taking it off so i can have the cylinder rekey. i guess im asking do i have to take the sterring colmun out.

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No you don't. Just have to take out the two "lock"bolts using a dot punch and hammer.

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If the cylinder is locked up and impossible to turn, it will need to be drilled. The cylinder will be destroyed, but can easily be replaced for $20.00 or so depending on the vehicle. First, spray wd 40 or similar into the keyhole try to turn the key a few times take the key out if it will not turn and wait 20-30 min try key again and tap gently on end of key to see if pin will shake into tumbler correctly so that the key will turn. If the key will turn, do not start the car, leave key on, disconnect battery, remove steering wheel housing covering ignition area, usually two or three screws. Buy a new cylinder, remove bad cylinder and replace with new one. Put plastic parts back on steering column and away you go. The new cylinder will come with keys so the door key will be the old key, and ignition, the new one. Back to drilling. Use good metal bit about 1/8 inch Use nail punch or other fine punch to make starter dent about halfway between edge of keyhole and rim of cylinder drill straight in. After about half an inch you should be seeing brass shavings you will need a small pick or something toclean out the hole. Do not drill deeper than the edge of the key goes into the cylinder or you can create damage to the other mechanisms and get into costly repairs. If you drill no deeper than 1 1/4 inch or so, you will still be within the cylinder. You can look into the lock cylinder mechanism. If you see brass still in the holes go to a larger bit, 1/4" or so. Be sure not to drill in the middle as you need to be able to use a heavy screwdriver, i use an old tire tool for leverage, to turn the ignition after cleaning the metal shavings out of the cylinder. The first turn wil be hard and may feel gritty. No problem as this part will be going into the scrap bin. Hope this helps some of you, but if locksmith not available or if charge of about $200.00 for this is not your cup of tea, be careful to do no additional damage.

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