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I need to take out old ignition lock cylinder without key on 1989 toyota camry le -lost keys-bought locksmart replacement but it says old has to be in acc position to remove-

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  • whodat1121 Jul 28, 2009

    kind of hard to put in the acc position without a key-missing key is reason for replacing cylinder

  • whodat1121 Jul 29, 2009

    last year i purchased a motor for the window from a scrap yard-he had no key-and being a stubborn female i refused to buy the part w/o proof it worked-he found something under the dash to the left of the steering column that allowed him to turn ignition on with screw driver-sure wish that i had payed more attention--any idea what or where that might be?

  • whodat1121 Jul 30, 2009

    I really hate to pull the damsel in distress card out...but...I am unemployed and on my own and really need to get this replaced --someone suggested a large screw driver---but I cant turn it---help!!

  • whodat1121 Jul 30, 2009

    You sir are an ANGEL!!!!! Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into solving my problem!!



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This is what the tech manual says.....


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before working on the vehicle. CAUTION
    Some models covered by this manual may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Section 6.
  2. Remove the lower steering column cover. Unfasten the ignition switch connector under the instrument panel.
  3. Remove the screws which secure the upper and lower halves of the steering column cover.
  4. Turn the lock cylinder to the ACC position with the ignition key.
  5. Push the lock cylinder stop in with a small, round object (cotter pin, punch, etc.). NOTE: On some vehicles, it may be necessary to remove the steering wheel and combination switch first.
  6. Withdraw the lock cylinder from the lock housing while depressing the stop tab.
  7. To remove the ignition switch, unfasten its securing screws and withdraw the switch from the lock housing. To install:
  8. Align the locking cam with the hole in the ignition switch and insert the switch into the lock housing.
  9. Secure the switch with its screw(s).
  10. Make sure both the lock cylinder and column lock are in the ACC position. Slide the cylinder into the lock housing until the stop tab engages the hole in the lock.
  11. Install the steering column covers and connect the ignition switch wiring.
  12. Connect the negative battery cable.

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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jul 28, 2009

    Yeah, I have looked on the net and called the dealership....looks like 3 options......

    1--drill out method

    2--get the car to the dealership (would be expensive!)

    3--call a locksmith and have a key made (probably expensive also)

    Any other "experts" have an idea that is low dollar and non-destructive???

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jul 30, 2009

    Looking....hang on

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jul 30, 2009

    There is an easier way to do this than drilling out the lock cylinder or replacing the entire lock assembly, also a lot cheaper. Remove the right side door panel and then remove the door lock, there is a number stamped on the lock, this is the key code, take the lock to the toyota dealer and they can make a new key using this number.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jul 30, 2009

    You're welcome!

  • patrickw_198
    patrickw_198 Nov 08, 2012

    thank u


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