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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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There should be a hole and a pin but the ignition has to be ON to be able to open the area where the pin is

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

Testimonial: "There are no holes at all, not in the steering column housing or in the casting. I searched for hours with the ignition on, but could not find any access anywhere."


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