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Ignition broke ... do I have to pull steering column off.... if no, why can't I get it out? when it first broke, the ignition swung freely, then jammed and the gears wouldn't change. Had to drop the transmission linkage to tow it.

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You have to pull the steering wheel to get to the lock assembly. This requires a special tool to compress the spring so the retaining clip can be removed. You can do it with that tool if you're mechanically inclined. Go to the library and get the procedure from a Chilton or Motor's manual. Parts stores sell Haynes books too.

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Things You'll Need

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    • 2 Remove the tamper-proof Torx screws that secure the ignition to the steering column using a tamper-proof Torx driver. You can get this type of Torx driver from your local auto part store.
    • 3 Pull the wiring harness out of the ignition switch.
    • 4 Place the ignition key into the cylinder and turn it onto the auxiliary position. Push the metal pin on the ignition switch in using a screwdriver and slide the ignition cylinder half way out of the ignition switch. Turn the key to the off position and slide the cylinder all the way out of the ignition switch.
    • 5 Place the key into the new cylinder, slide the cylinder into the ignition switch half way. Turn the key to the auxiliary position and slide the cylinder in the rest of the way. Remove the key from the cylinder.
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My key turns freely

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I turned my truck off last night in drive and then put it in to park when it was off. when i left the store, i went to start the truck and the key just spun freely in the ignition with no resistance. the...

This started out sounding like a lock cylinder until you talked about the lights. There is a release pin with an access hole under the bottom of the plastic steering column shield. You would press this release with a pin or nail to pull out the cylinder.
If the spring keeping the tension on the cylinder broke, then the cylinder could have jumped out of position and moved away from the cylinder seat. The cylinder seat allows the cylinder to interlock with the ignition switch that is attached to the steering column under the plastic column cover.
But the lights should be controlled by the Light switch as a primary off/on switch independent of the stalk controls for high beam. This is why it is strange that a clearly present problem of a loose lock cylinder would create a second problem with your lights.
Many Models have a large chrome or black key guard which is held in by the plastic column cover. This has prevented the cylinder from coming out all the way.
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Hi, i have 1991 mazda protege. I accidentally broke my key in the ignition lock and now i was wondering how do you take off the ignition lock cylinder? p.s key was pretty worn down already

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. The ignition lock is an integral component of the steering lock mechanism. If the ignition lock must be replaced, perform the following procedure. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the ignition switch/lock cylinder assembly 89548g14.gif
Fig. 2: Remove the break-off head retaining bolts by chiseling a slot in the bolt, then removing them with a screwdriver 89548g15.gif
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly disarm the air bag system.
  3. Remove the rear console box, brake boot and center panel (disconnect the harness connectors).
  4. Remove the rear console.
  5. Remove the undercover, glove compartment and compartment cover.
  6. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
  7. Tilt the steering shaft down. Remove the cap and panel light control switch. Remove the meter hood mounting screws. Pull the meter hood forward to disengage the clips.
  8. Remove the instrument cluster,
  9. Remove the drivers side air bag and the steering wheel.
  10. Remove the combination switch.
  11. Remove the passenger side air bag mounting bolts, electrical connector and remove the air bag module.
  12. Remove the hood panel release lever. Pull the side panel forward to disengage the clips, remove the side panel.
  13. Remove the side covers.
  14. Remove the dashboard mounting bolts, pull the dashboard up and forward and remove.
  15. Remove the steering shaft.
  16. Remove the screw and the ignition switch and disconnect the ignition switch connector.
  17. Using a chisel and a hammer make a groove in the heads of the steering lock mounting bolts. Remove the bolts and the steering lock assembly. To install:
  18. Install the steering lock mechanism to the steering column jacket. Make sure that the lock operates correctly. Install new mounting bolts and tighten the bolts till the heads break off.
  19. Reconnect the ignition switch connector to the ignition switch and install the ignition switch to the steering lock mechanism with the screw.
  20. Replace the dashboard close to its mounts and connect all harness connectors. Install all mounting bolts. Torque to 14-18 ft. lbs. (19-25 Nm).
  21. Install the side covers.
  22. Instal the side panels.
  23. Install the steering shaft and torque the mounting bolts to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
  24. Connect the passenger side air bag module electrical connector and replace the module to the dash and install the mounting bolts.
  25. Install the combination switch on the steering column.
  26. Install the steering wheel and drivers side air bag module.
  27. Install the instrument cluster.
  28. Install the meter hood.
  29. Install the upper and lower steering column covers.
  30. Install the glove compartment cover, compartment and the undercover.
  31. Install the rear console, bracket, center panel, brake lever boot and the rear console box.
  32. Reconnect the negative battery cable,
  33. Place the steering column securely on a workbench. Use a chisel and hammer to make slots in the head of the lock screws. Remove the screws.
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  2. If equipped, disarm and remove the air bag.
  3. Remove the steering wheel and the combination switch.
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    2. If equipped, disconnect the key interlock cable from the steering column.
    3. Detach any remaining electrical wire harness connectors from the column.
    4. Remove the upper column-to-dash mounting bolts. Support the steering column.
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1996 saturn ignition burned up how do I replace it

Hello there, here are a few tips to guide you through.

  • Disconnect the negative battery connection cable from the battery terminal. Remove both the upper and lower steering column covers by either unscrewing them or unclipping them, depending on your car make and model. You may need to use a small pry bar to remove the upper and lower steering column covers, if so, use caution and take your time, you don't want to shatter or crack the plastic covers.
  • Remove the steering wheel cover and unscrew the steering wheel from the steering column, there should be six bolts securing it in place. Pull the steering wheel off the shaft slightly and make a mark on both the steering wheel and the shaft to make it easier to line up during the reassembly process. Disconnect the horn wire from the steering wheel by pulling on the boot --- not the wire itself --- to avoid any damage. Pull the steering wheel straight back and remove it entirely from the assembly.
  • Remove the spacer sleeve off the steering column. Remove the large center nut and washer from the steering column that secures the steering wheel adapter in place. Don't remove the steering wheel adapter until you have made a mark on it and the shaft so that you can properly realign them when reassembling. Gently remove the adapter by pulling straight back on it and set it aside.
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Replacing An Ignition Switch..

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Removal & Installation

1. Disable the SIR system.

Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel by releasing the retaining fasteners

  1. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel (1) by pulling out on the trim panel in order to release the retaining fasteners (2).
  2. Disconnect the electrical connectors on the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel (1).

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3. Remove the steering column opening filler assembly (1) by pulling away the clips (2).
4. Disconnect the electrical connector for the trunk release.


Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) left side trim panel

  1. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) left side trim panel (1).
  2. Tilt the steering wheel up.
  3. Disconnect the I/P dimmer switch and, if equipped, the fog lamp switch.


Remove the 4 bezel screws (2) & the Instrument Panel (I/P) cluster bezel assembly (1)

  1. Tilt the steering wheel down.
  2. Remove the 4 instrument panel cluster bezel screws.
  3. Remove the instrument panel cluster bezel.


Remove the steering column trim covers: steering column upper cover assembly, steering column left cover assembly, & steering column right cover assembly

Remove the steering column trim covers:
  • Remove the 3 cover screws (4).
  • Remove the steering column upper cover assembly (1).
  • Remove the steering column left cover assembly (2).
  • Remove the steering column right cover assembly (3).

Removal of the ignition switch

    1. Disconnect the ignition switch harness connector.
    1. WARNING
    The ignition switch must be in the run position during removal in order to avoid damage to the ignition switch.

    1. Turn the ignition switch to the run position.
    2. Remove the ignition switch screws.
    3. Remove the ignition switch from the steering column.
    To install:
    1. Install the ignition switch and screws on to the steering column. Tighten the screws to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
    2. Connect the ignition switch harness connector.
    3. Installation is the reverse of removal procedure.
    4. Tighten the trim cover screws to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
    5. Tighten the 4 instrument panel cluster bezel screws to 19 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
    6. Enable the SIR system. Refer to Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System), arming the system.
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    7. Perform the vehicle theft deterrent system learn procedure.

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