Replace ignition lock cylinder on 1994 ford explorer
I am trying to replace the ignition cylinder lock. There are no access holes on the bottom of the steering column, and after removing the cowling, no access holes in the casting. I have read several methods of accessing the release pin on the cylinder, but everything is blocked by solid metal. My Explorer has tilt steering and manual transmission.
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.It's an easy change, just disconnect the battery, put the key in acc setting and push in on the pin that holds it in should be a small hole on bottom of lock cylinder. in the lock set and pull the lock out.The new unit will come with instructions. good luck !
Do you have the plastic upper and lower covers removed from the column? If not, remove them with a phillips screwdriver. The hole where the punch, small screwdriver or whatever you use to depress the pin that releases the ignition lock cylinder is underneath the metal housing where the lock cylinder resides. You must turn the lock cylinder w/the key in it to run and then DEPRESS the pin, the lock cylinder should then come straight out when you pull on it. Drill it out if necessary if they missed it when they made it. Never seen that and I worked on Ford vehicles for years in the 90's. Good luck.
This repair is surprisingly easy, to replace the ignition lock cylinder,turn the switch to on and at the bottom of the cylinder on the column is a hole,insert a 3/16 punch in the hole and push up while turning the kel will dislodge the cylinder from the column,In order to replace the door lock cylinder you must remove the door panel to bgain access to the lock cylinder,diconnect the lock rod and the large spring clip and remove and replace the lock assembly and after installation test operation before reinstalling the door panel
Steps to remove and replace the lock cylinder To Remove the Lock Cylinder
1: Remove the cover UPPER/LOWER) from the steering column(usually 2 phillips screws in lower cover, directly behind the steering wheel.
2: Turn the key to the run position (the position before start).
3: Using a small diameter object (paper clip) slide the wire into the hole located underneath the ignition switch on the underside of the column. While pushing up on the pin in the hole, turn the key and pull outward. The tumbler should release and come out.
4: To replace, turn the key in the new cylinder to run.
6: Place the cylinder in the column where the old one came out.
7: Turn the key to the off position and the cylinder is now locked in place.
Very easy! Right below the ignition lock cylinder on the steering column shroud (bottom) there will be and access hole, you simply turn the switch to the run (not start) position and with a suitible tool push on the release pin while pulling out the cylinder. replacement will require the clinder to be in the run position while being inserted, then to off position and your done!
look at the steering column below the ign lock and tumbler there should be a small hole turn key to on pos and push a small rod up the holethis then should release the lock and tumbler,no hole then wheel and coumn has to be stripped to get to lock retainer
T Worthingtons post was spot on. After having spent numerous hours looking for the mysterious hole and searching many on line forums I arrived here. The access tube is on the right side a little below the centerline of the lock cylinder and indeed at an angle. Some 1/8 welding rod or wire can sneak between the steering wheel and the tube. Put the switch in the run position and you can feel the cylinder release. Thanks much for the correct post.