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Getting into the run position without keys

I lost my keys and dont have the money to call a locksmith and im tryin to change my tumbler but the instructions i have say i need the car to be in the run position. how can i get my car into the run position without keys?

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  • nickwildmuse May 25, 2009

    yes i have now im tryin to remove the steering wheel lock plate.

  • nickwildmuse May 25, 2009

    how do i remove the turn signal switch?

  • nickwildmuse May 25, 2009

    i cant get to the inside of the steering column. theres a big plastic cirlcle in the way that i cant remove.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Remove the small metal ring that retains it..

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    You don't remove the arm, the switch is the plastic switch inside steering colum. It's retained by 3 bolts, you have to turn the signal arm up or down to access 2 of the bolts.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Once you get the turn signal switch out of the way, you will see a torx bolt. That torx bolt retains your tumbler.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Have you removed your steering wheel?

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Not easy but u need to take the tumbler key out so i do this get a punch aim at the key n hit it till the tumbler is out good aiming

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