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What type tool is used to remove plastic covers to replace ign. lock cylinder in 1998 saturn?

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You will need a phillips screwdriver or a small 1/4 socket to remove bolts that hold on the plastic covers around your ignition. Click on the links below to read more:

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How do i change out the ignition switch?

Ign Systems 8D - 19 Service manual '92 Dak
Disconnect neg battery cable Tilt column:Remove tilt lever (counterclockwise) Remove upper and lower covers (3 screws) Remove ign switch mounting screws (3) with torx bit Gently pull switch away from column Release two connector locks on the seven-terminal wiring connector. Remove connector from ign switch Release connector lock on the Key-in-switch and Halo Light four terminal connector. Remove connector from switch Remove key cylinder from switch as follows: With key inserted and ign switch in the LOCK position use small screwdriver to depress the key cylinder retaining pin flush w/ key cylinder surface Rotate the key clockwise to the OFF position The key cylinder should now be unseated from the ign switch assembly With key cylinder in unseated position (key cylinder bezel about 1/8 inch above ign switch halo light ring) Rotate key counterclockwise to LOCK position and remove key Remove key cylinder INSTALLATION; Install electrical connectors to switch making sure locking tabs are fully seated into connector Mount ign switch to column Shifter must be in PARK position Park-lock dowel pin on ign assy must engage with park-lock slider linkageVerify ign switch is in lock position (flag is parallel w/ ign switch to the right) Apply dab of grease to flag and pin Position park-lock link and slider to mid-travel Position ign switch against lock housing face Be sure pin is inserted into park-lock link contour slot Tighten screws Assemble cover Tighten more screws Tilt column and install tilt lever (clockwise) instsall neg battery cable Gently insert key cylinder into ign switch asssy until it bottoms Insert key and gently push key (inward) and rotate clockwise to end of travel Rejoice in how much money you just saved yourself

Jun 16, 2014 | 1992 Dodge Dakota

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Hello, Problem: Key stuck in ignition switch in run position. Tested the key release and found that if worked properly. I opened the port in the plastic cover on the bottom the steering column and saw...

Is there a light on the dash that says SECURITY anywhere? When the passlock anti theft is triggered or failing, it can lock your key along with causing starting issues. This link may help if it is Passlock related

Jul 10, 2011 | 2005 Saturn ION

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Need to remove ignition lock. there is always a trick to doing this. what is the procedure? i have a 2001 saturn sc2.

There are several procedures in the manual--I think for different models. I think I picked the one for S-series, but let me know if this doesn't look right.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disable the SIR system.
  3. Remove the steering column trim covers.
  4. Turn the ignition lock cylinder to the RUN position.
    NOTE There are two retainers on the ignition lock cylinder. Depress both retainers to remove the lock cylinder from the housing.

    Fig. Depress the first retainer through the lock housing access hole (2) and depress the second retainer through the lock housing access hole (1)

  5. Depress the first retainer through the lock housing access hole with a small allen wrench or similar pick-type tool. The lock cylinder will back out slightly.
  6. Depress the second retainer through the lock housing access hole. The lock cylinder will back out slightly again.
  7. Pull the lock cylinder out enough to locate the second retainer to the lock housing access hole.
  8. Depress the retainer though the access hole a second time. The ignition cylinder should release from the housing. If not, the ignition cylinder may need to be moved in and out several times to locate the retainer correctly in the hole.
  9. Remove the lock cylinder from the lock housing.

To install:
  1. Position the lock cylinder in the run position. Insert the cylinder into the lock housing.
  2. Rotate the lock cylinder in the housing. Verify proper rotation.
  3. Install the steering column trim covers.
  4. Enable the SIR system.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.

Jun 22, 2011 | 2001 Saturn SC

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When i turned off my car yesterday, key would not turn to lock therefore key will not come out

Most likely you have a problem with ignition cylinder. You would need to remove the lower steering wheel cover. locate the ignition cylinder. There should be a small hole towards the center of the cylinder. If you use a small Punch and small hammer and tap on that spot, you should be able to rotate the key to lock. You will have to eventually replace the ignition cylinder, though. But should work like that for a while.

Sep 27, 2010 | 1998 Saturn SL

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Spark Plug Location for 2004 VW Passat 1.8

on top of engine, remove each 4 ign coil

Aug 05, 2010 | 2004 Volkswagen Passat

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How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from a 2003 Saturn Vue for rekeying?

  1. Disable SIR system. (Refer to "SIR Disable/Enable Procedure (For Frontal and Curtain Inflators)".
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  3. Remove lock cylinder bezel from steering column shroud by carefully prying with thin blade screwdriver.
  4. Remove shroud fasteners and remove steering column upper and lower shroud panels.
  5. Insert key into ignition lock cylinder and rotate to RUN position. Then rotate ignition cylinder back to ACC position.
  6. Depress locking button on side of ignition module assembly with a thin pick-type tool. Slide lock cylinder assembly from ignition module.

IMPORTANT: Actuator blade within ignition module housing must be in ACC position to install lock cylinder assembly. If rotated, replace it to ACC position, using needle nose pliers.

  1. Insert key into ignition lock cylinder and install into ignition module.
  2. Install steering column upper and lower shrouds and shroud fasteners.
  3. Install lock cylinder bezel.
  4. Connect negative battery cable.
  5. Enable the SIR system. (Refer to "SIR Disable/Enable Procedure (For Frontal and Curtain Inflators)".

Apr 07, 2010 | 2003 Saturn VUE

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I want to replace ignition lock cylinder on my 1998 Toyota 4Runner do I need special tools to do it? or what are the steps to do it? thanks.

You have to remove the plastic cover underneath of the steering wheel, after that the metal shield behind the plastic cover. When you remove the shield you will get access to the ignition lock cylinder. Disconnect the wire harness, remove the cylinder, install a new cylinder. Connect the wire harness, install the shield, install the plastic cover.

PS: Before start write down the code for your stereo (if you have one), disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Be careful when you work around the air bags.

Sep 17, 2009 | 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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Need to remove ignition switch on 1998 chevrolet malibu-How?

Hello rsscott50

I hope you have this thing fixed but if not you can try this.
First I need to assume the "lock cylinder" will turn with the correct key installed.?

You must turn the lock cyl to the run position. I suggest disconnecting the battery first.

I pull the radio out to gain access to the ign. switch.

If you have a small mirror it will really help to find a small square hole in the top of the "plastic" part, "the ign. switch".

If replacing only the lock cylinder you will NOT need to take the 2 screws out holding the plastic piece to the dash.

You will need a tool of sorts so once to locate the small hole on the top of the ign switch and also have the lock cyl rotated to the run position, you press the tool into the small hole.
Tool--can be about the size of a medium screw driver--but the end will have a bend, a right angle bend and the bent piece approx. 3/8" in length.

You will be pressing down on a button help there by a weak spring, look on the new lock cylinder.

As you press down or inward pullout on the lock cyl.
It's that easy.

After installing the new lock cylinder, if that is what your are doing, you might not be able to start the car.
Most chevys have a chip built into the lock cyl. with a sort of password--if the car doesn't see the right password it wont start.

Question: if you need further instruction please let me know.
If the Lock cylinder does not turn, then the fix has another & different approach but you can do it.

Good Luck,

Mar 22, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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Do i to remove my steering wheel to replace my ignition switch

just remove the top and bottom plastic steering colume covers that wrap around the ign lock cylinder. than you will see from the bottom of the barrel where the lock cylinder slides in there should be a 1/8 brass pin in a small hole .. you have to push in this pin while turning the key switch foward, than just slide out the lock cylinder key and all. reinstall is just as simple , slide in the lock cylinder and just remove the key. you should not have to remove the steering wheel at all...
good luck chris

Mar 17, 2009 | 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis

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1999 Saturn sl Replacing Ignition

Disconnect the battery, of course. Turn the key to the ON or RUN position. There is a detent that you need to push to release the lock cylinder. There is a tool made for this. It's a thin flat metal blade. If your vehicle is equiped with anti-theft, you will need to reprogram it through your body control module, using a scan tool, before your car will start.

Aug 06, 2008 | 1999 Saturn SL

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