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Remove the steering wheel,which may require a puller.
Mark the wheel in relation to the steering shaft before removing.

Remove the steering shaft locking ring.Held on with a C ring on steering shaft,which may require a tool made to push the lock ring down a little for removal of C ring.

Remove the signal light switch....held in with usually 3 screws and one on the hazard flasher switch.
Just pull it out enough to get access to the single bolt holding the lock/key cylinder into the steering column.

Slide old lock out......and slide new lock/key in.
Reverse the process.

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i think you meant Ignition switch.
really a 1988> no 1998?
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yes, you are fiddling plastic covers. use a flash light.
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i login to alldata.com
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  1. To remove the lock, remove the steering wheel and the steering column covers.
  2. Center punch each of the shear bolts and drill their heads off with a 3/16 in. drill bit. Be careful not to damage the switch body when removing the shear head.
  3. Remove the shear bolts from the switch body.
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1. disconnect the negative cable at the battery
2. Remove the steering wheel if it interferes with the access to the steering column covers on your vehicle. Remove the steering column covers.
3. Unplug the wires from the ignition switch, remove bolts and lift the switch off the steering column.
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I am sure this would work by just replacing the ignition switch, not the entire steering column.

However it also depends on how bad was it broken.

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