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'97 Sebring Convertible Replace Ignition lock cylinder w/o key

All keys lost. Want to replace the ignition key cylinder but do not have the key to put it in the run position. Anyway to get the old one out without a key??

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  • hook_texas Sep 21, 2009

    Did that, new key did not work (probably changed sometime in the past). Ended up drill out the old lock cylinder and replacing it, not too difficult of a job, just had to have a big enough drill bit.

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Go to the dealer with the VIN and they can cut a new key to fit the original cylinder.

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98-21-14
  • IGNITION SWITCH - HIGH EFFORT IGNITION KEY INSERTION/REMOVAL AND/OR KEY CHIMES SOUND WITH DOOR OPEN AND IGNITION KEY REMOVED
Publication Date: OCTOBER 15, 1998
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