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Need to remove ignition cylinder, will not go past ***.

Where is the ignition cylinder release pin. Is it actually a pin or is it a hole in lock body which you must insert a pin to release cylinder.

I have pulled the lower panel, took a inspection mirror and flashlight and have been unable to locate any holes or extruded pints. I can see the housing which runs between the lock body and steering column, along with a switch or solenoid mounted with two screws on the bottom of housing.

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This is for a 96 camry, hopefully you can use this page. It tells the location of the release you're looking for.

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