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I need to replace my ignition cylinder and do not

I need to replace my ignition cylinder in my 2002 jimmy and do not know how to remove it to put in the new ignition

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  • nathanhalbge Jun 05, 2010

    hey i have the book to help but i just wanted to see if there was an easy way to take it off like some new vehicles have now and dad. but i take it that there is only one way



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You really need to purchase or borrow(local library) a service manual. There are allot of steps to removing and replacing this. Including disabling the SRS airbags. And if you don't follow the correct procedure it can cause serious injury and or damage to the vehicle. If you do decide to take this job on, have patience and take your time. It helps to take photos while you disassemble the steering column to aid in reassembly.

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

  • Drew Jun 06, 2010

    Allot of the new GM's ignitions are in the dash instead of the column, which would make changing them easier. Unfortunately yours is in the column.



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