Removal and replacement of key tumbler 1994 Ford explorer
I purchased a 1994 ford explorer, both door key lock tumblers are missing, I found a 1994 explorer @ the junk yard with all locks and a key in the ignition. so I want to remove and replace all the locks including the ignition key tumbler. i could not figure out how to get the ignition tumbler to release, please is there anyone who can help me??
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Look at the steering column below the ign lock and tumbler there should be a small hole turn key to on pos and push a small rod up the holethis then should release the lock and tumbler,no hole then wheel and coumn has to be stripped to get to lock retainer
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remove the steering collom shroud and with key in the lock turn to the first click you will find a resested pin in the uuter housing depress the pin and the barrel/ tumbler can be wiht drawn with the key and yes you can get a new one with a new key
mcthrichter, I hope you are refering to the key and tumbler assembly for the ignition, if so I can take you through the procedure for replacing it and if not then you will have to resubmit your question. The column will not have to be taken apart but you will have to remove the cover. There are three phillips head screws under the column. If you have tilt steering then tilt it all the way up for easier access. There are actually four holes and the fourth that does not have a screw is the one to be concerned with for removing the tumbler. After removing these screws remove the top cover only. Tilt the wheel all the way down for this. Put your key in the ignition and turn it to the run position. (Do not start the vehicle) Insert a long thin screw driver into the hole in the lower cover that did not have a screw and push up as you pull the tumbler straight out. Put the new tumbler in the same run postion, push the little button on the tumbler all the way in, and insert it into the column and turn the key to the off position and remove it. Replace the cover and screws. Now, here is the problem. Your keys have a chip in them that is read by the theft detterent system and allows the vehicle to start. The new key may not have a chip and if it does it is not programmed for your vehicle. The keys that once started your vehicle will not start it now as they will not fit the tumblers nor will the new one until it is programmed. If you purchased your new part from a Ford dealer then they probably already informed you of this possibly. If you purchased it from a parts store they probably didn't tell you this. The best, and probably cheapest, way around this is to take your new tumbler to a locksmith and have them reset the tumblers to accommodate your present keys. This way also avoids having one key for the ignition and one for the doors. Good luck with this.
Take your vehicle registration to Ford and they will check proof of ownership and cut you another key based on the VIN number. If that is not the problem then remove your ignition lock and take the tumbler assembly to Ford and have them change the pins in the tumbler to a new key format. Save your old key for the doors. Both of these items will work depending on what you require. Good luck.
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.
It sounds like the classic "switch needs replacing". You only need the tumbler replaced. Before installing the new tumbler take it and your door key to your local locksmith and they can key the new tumbler to work with the old key. This saves you from have to have two different keys.
You should be able to go to Ford and have them key a set of lock
tumblers for you (they usually don't charge for one). Possibly re-key the locks that are already in the car. Most parts
departments have a "magic" guy who can do this for you, that way your
locks will all match. This will also save you the purchase of 2 of the lock tumblers.
The door installs should be fairly easy to
install as it is rather straight forward. If the trunk does not have a
trunk release you may have to drill out and destroy the lock tumbler to
open it and remove it.
Place key in ign. lock n tumbler and turn to "on" position. Under the column you'll see a small hole to put a small screwdriver or rod into and press it in. While you're pressing it, pull the lock n tumbler out. Installation is the reverse of removal but without the use of the rod. Just push the lock n tumbler in the hole and turn key to lock position and pull key out.