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How do you remove the cover for the tumbler?

How do you remove the cover for the tumbler, so that you can then remove the steering column top cover?

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They are supposed to pop off. gently pry on both sides (ie: even pressure) and wiggle up,down, side o side. It will com e off just gotta be patient.

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I need to brake out a tumbler from the ignitions switch on a 1999 saab 9/3


  1. First your gonna remove the screws on the side steering cover itself.
  2. Now remove the screws on the bottom of the steering column cover.
  3. Pull the bottom half of the steering column off.
  4. Now you will see a little hole by the bottom of the tumbler.
  5. take a punch and insert it into that hole.
  6. With the punch pry up a bit and pull the tumbler out.

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How do i remove the ignition key tumbler


  1. Disconnect the negative cable on the battery with the 8-millimeter wrench and allow 15 minutes for the circuits to go to sleep before beginning. This will disable the SRS, or airbags.

  2. Remove the lower cover on the steering column behind the steering wheel using the Phillips screwdriver to remove the three screws. Press the two tabs on the side of the ignition switch and pull it straight off.
  3. Disconnect the ignition switch lower harness connector. This is just below the steering column or can be seen at the opposite end of the ignition harness.
  4. Install the new ignition switch by locating the switch so the tabs line up and pushing it on the tumbler. Plug in the lower portion of the electrical pigtail or harness connector.
  5. Reinstall the lower portion of the steering column cover. Reconnect the negative cable on the battery.

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Key stuck in ignition -- cannot turn on or off. Can an ignition switch cause the tumbler to lock up? Or does the ignition tumbler need to be replaced? If the ignition tumbler needs to be replaced, how...


lets start simple.get a can of silacone spray oil and spray into the switch and keep moving key and you will find this will reliese the key,if you need to remove the ign switch dont panic as its a simple enough job.Forget about steering wheel and whatever,simply remove the outer plastic cover then this exposes the switch at the back of switch is a plug with wires pull it away ,then below the key you should see a tiny screw undo, and make sure the steering lock is not under pressure,ie steering wheel free,when trying to remove switch move steering wheel back/forward and switch should pull out.good luck.adrian,,,,

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Do you mean the key and tumbler, or the switch down on the bottom of the steering column? If you mean the switch, just lower your steering column by removing the cover at the bottom of the dash, and then remove the 2 bolts on either side of the column. The switch is near the base of the column, and the rod that runs from the ignition switch goes into it.
If you mean the key and tumbler, you have to pull the steering wheel, remove the screws from the signal cam, and then remove the locking bolt that holds the tumbler. You will need a steering wheel puller to remove the snap ring, and to reinstall.

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My anti theft alarm goes off and makes it to where I can't start my car how do i bypass this


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Review this Wiring Diagram and this comment: when installing a 791 TRANSPONDER BYPASS System on this vehicle it will be necessary to remove the BOTTOM STEERING COLUMN Cover and IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER to gan access to the Factory Transponder System around the Ignition Switch. To do so will require that you first look at the bottom of the STEERING COLUMN COVER to identify the screw holes from the IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER RELEASE PIN HOLE, that is required to remove the Ignition Switch Tumbler, the IGNITION SWITCH RELEASE PIN HOLE is the SMALLEST Hole in the plastic cover in this picture. NOTE *** to remove the IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER, a TORX #15 Bit on a Screw Driver will work just fine. Incert it up into this hole and press, at the same time, turning the IGNITION SWITCH ON and the Tumbler will pull out at the same time. This Must be done to remove the IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER so that the BOTTOM Steering Column Cover can be removed to gain access to the TRANSPONDER SYSTEM built around the IGNITION SWITCH.

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If The Ignition Switch Is Defective, It Must Be Replaced Regardless. Before Removing A Dashboard-mounted Switch, The Tumbler (Lock Mechanism) Must Be Removed From The Switch.Normally A Small Piece Of Wire Is Inserted Into A Hole IN The Front Of The Switch And The Key Is Turned.This Will Release The Tumbler From The Switch So The Tumbler Can Be Pulled Free. Then Unplug The Wires And Remove The Old Switch.

A Steering Column-mounted Ignition Switch Is Separated From The Tumbler. It Is Normally About Halfway Down And On Top Of The Steering Column. To Remove This Type Of Switch, Remove The Fasteners Holding The Steering Column To The Dash. This Will Let The Column Drop Down So You Can Replace The Ignition Switch.

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Removal & Installation
NOTE This is an extremely difficult and lengthy procedure. You must remove the steering column from the vehicle and disassemble major portions of it. Because the column is collapsible in an accident, it is necessary that it be handled with care to avoid distortion of major parts. It must not be dropped, hammered on or even leaned on, or vitally important parts may deform. The procedure for replacing the ignition switch on tilt type columns is not included here because it involves substantial additional work and the use of several expensive special tools. Unless you are rather experienced, we recommend that the job be left to a competent professional mechanic.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the clamp bolt from the steering coupling at the lower end of the steering column shaft (located near the steering box, under the hood).
  2. Disconnect the shift linkage from the shift tube lever at the lower end of the column.
  3. Remove the steering wheel with a puller, as described above.
  4. Remove the left sound insulator and lower column cover.
  5. Remove the trim cap or lower trim panel from the instrument panel, depending on equipment.
  6. Remove the steering column cover and toe-pan attaching screws. Remove the shift indicator needle from the shift bowl.
  7. Securely support the column in position and remove the two nuts attaching the column to the underside of the instrument panel.
  8. Lower the column carefully, being careful to retain any spacers that may have been used in order. Disconnect the wiring. Then, carefully remove the column from the inside of the vehicle.
  9. Begin disassembling the column, removing the lock plate, canceling cam, and turn signal switch. See the "Turn Signal" Removal & Installation procedure above.
  10. Remove the ignition lock and key warning switch as described below.
  11. Remove the spring and bolt assembly, and the associated thrust washer. Then, remove the rack preload spring, switch rack, and actuator assembly.
  12. Remove the upper shift lever spring. Then, remove the gear shift lever bowl.
  13. Remove the shift bowl shroud and bowl lower bearing.
  14. Unhook and remove the dimmer switch actuating rod. Remove the attaching nut and remove the dimmer switch.
  15. Remove the attaching screw and stud and remove the ignition switch, disassembling the actuating rod from the hole in the sliding actuator.

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Replacing the ignition switch

To install:
  1. Move the ignition switch sliding actuator all the way to the left (ACC) position. Then, move it two detents (OFF-UNLOCK) position to the right.
  2. Then, position the actuating rod hole in the sliding actuator, and install the ignition switch, stud, and mounting screw.
  3. Install the dimmer switch with its attaching nut tightened only loosely. Then, depress the switch slightly until you can insert a 3/32 in. drill through the hole in the switch housing and slider. Force the switch upward to remove any lash and tighten the mounting screw with the switch in this position.
  4. Put the shifter in NEUTRAL and install the shift lever.
  5. Install the shift bowl shroud and bowl lower bearing.
  6. Install the rack preload spring, switch rack, and actuator assembly. Install the spring and bolt assembly, and the associated thrust washer.
  7. Install the ignition lock and key warning switch as described below.
  8. Reinstall the column into the vehicle. Make sure when assembling the lower and upper dash covers that they can slide on the column. If the bracket which mounts the column to the dash has been removed, install the bolts in this order:
    • Left rear
    • Left front
    • Right front
    • Right rear
Tighten the bolts just snug to avoid distorting the column.
  1. Install the switch connector to the ignition switch. Then, position the column in the body and support it there. Install the lockwashers and nuts for the coupling and tighten them. Then, loosely assemble the nuts fastening the mounting bracket for the column to the lower side of the instrument panel.
  2. Position the lower cover to the firewall and ensure that the cover is lined up by starting the left lower screw. Then, install and tighten the right lower screw. Then, tighten the left lower screw. Finally, install and tighten the two screws that fit into the top of the cover.
  3. Tighten first the screw for the left side of the cover clamp; then tighten the screw for the right side of the cover clamp. Finally, install and tighten the remaining cover screws.
  4. Finally, tighten the nuts fastening the column to the underside of the dash. Reinstall the bolt for the steering coupling clamp.
  5. Install the lock plate, canceling cam, and turn signal switch. See the "Turn Signal" Removal & Installation procedure in this section.
  6. Connect the wiring.
  7. Securely support the column in position and install the two nuts attaching the column to the underside of the instrument panel.
  8. Install the shift indicator needle from the shift bowl. Install the steering column cover and toe-pan attaching screws.
  9. Install the trim cap or lower trim panel to the instrument panel, depending on equipment.
  10. Install the left sound insulator and lower column cover.
  11. Install the steering wheel, as described above.
  12. Connect the shift linkage to the shift tube lever at the lower end of the column.
  13. Install the clamp bolt to the steering coupling at the lower end of the steering column shaft (located near the steering box, under the hood).
  14. Connect the negative battery cable and check all column operations for free movement and smooth operation.

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you have to take the steering column covers off. you will then have access to the inner workings like screws pins and springs. make sure you place the parts in order of disassembly so installation of new tumbler will be easy.please rate this solution

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