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How do you get into the steering column of a 1997 ford tarus to replace key ignition lock

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  • myseka Jul 25, 2009

    how do you get the stupid plastic cover off without busting it up on th 97 ford taurus? it looks like you need some special tool thanks

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Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the upper and lower steering column covers. (with screws located in the bottom)
Turn the ignition lock to the accessory position.
Insert a 0.125 (3.17mm) wire pin or small drift punch in the hole at the top of the cylinder housing and depress the retaining pin while pulling out the lock cylinder.
Turn the ignition to the RUN position and release the lock cylinder retaining pin
Carefully remove the lock cylinder from the steering column


To Install:
Turn the new lock cylinder to accessory position and while pressing the retaining pin in, insert the lock cylinder into the housing.
Turn the key to the OFF position the release the retaining pin.
Try the lock cylinder operation in all positions.
Reinstall the steering column covers.
Reconnect the negative battery cable.

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Take the plastic cover off the steering column, you will see a small hole at the bottom of the cylinder push in and pull out,thats all you have to do.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • Leonard Williams Jul 25, 2009

    your will see where the screws go but you have to use a light to see what kind of screws are in there,they are either phillips or trox screws,you can do this,I know you can be patient.

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