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How to remove/replace a ignition tumbler in a 1968 chevy impala

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According to Chilton, first disconnect the battery. Next, remove the lock cylinder by positioning it in the "ACC"position and insert a small wire (usually a paperclip) in the small hole in the face. Push in to depress the plunger and turn key Counter-clockwise until it can be removed. Then remove the bezel nut and pull switch from under dash.
Use a flat screwdriver to depress the tangs on the "theft resistant" locking straps from the front of the cylinder and slide them out and unplug the connector.
It goes back together the reverse of this. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 30, 2010


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