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My ignition is locked and will not turn. i am trying to replace the ignition but am having trouble figuring out how to remove it. do u have to take the steering wheel off and if so wont that mess up the airbag? my vehicle is a 1997 chevy blazer 4wd

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You have to remove the steering wheel with a puller,and the lock plate ,with a lock plate remover tool,and the cancel for the turn signals,and then the turn signal switch,then you remove a screw on the right side about 2 o clock position,and the lock and key will slide out.

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Yes and Care Must be taken when Doing so you Must Disconnect the Battery and Wait 30 Miniites before Doing ANY work Involving AIRBAG. The Steering wheel Removed Gives you access


Remove or disconnect the following:

  1. Do steps 1 through 7, Remove or disconnect , lower and upper shrouds, in this section if you "DO NOT" have the "Key" to match the cylinder. The upper shroud (10) will remain with the lock module assembly (15). CAUTION: If you "DO" have the "Key" that matches the lock cylinder, then do steps 1 through 8, Refer to Shroud and Lock Cylinder Set Replacement.
  2. Air bag module and steering wheel. CAUTION: Coil assembly (2) will become un-centered if:
1) Steering column is separated from steering gear and allowed to rotate. 2) Centering spring is pushed down, letting hub rotate while coil (2) is removed from steering column. (If this occurs, refer to center coil).
  1. Retaining ring (30).
  2. Coil assembly (2).
  3. Wave washer (3).
  4. Shaft lock retaining ring (4) using J 23653-SIR to push down shaft lock shield assembly (5).
    • Dispose of ring (4).
  1. Shaft lock shield assembly (5).
  2. Turn signal cancel cam assembly (6).
  3. Park lock cable assembly (48) from lock module assembly (15).
    • Lock cylinder should be in "OFF-LOCK" position and gear shift in "PARK" position.
    • Insert small blade screwdriver into slot in module assembly (15). Push against locking tab on end of cable assembly (48) and remove.
      1. Key alarm switch from module assembly (15).
        • Gently pry retaining clip on alarm switch with small blade screwdriver.
        • Rotate alarm switch 1/4 turn and remove.
      1. Two tapping screws (18).
      2. Ignition & key alarm switch assembly (19).
        • Let switch (19) hang freely.
      CAUTION: Lock bolt assembly (11) is under slight spring tension from lock bolt spring (12). Hold lock bolt (11) in place while removing lock module assembly (15).

      1. Three pan head tapping screws (13).
      2. Lock module assembly (15) with upper shroud (10).
      3. Backing plate from lock module assembly (15). NOTE: Mark two sector gears at "OFF-LOCK" position to ensure proper reassembly. Failure to assemble sector gears properly will cause lock cylinder (17) and ignition switch (19) to improperly timed.
        1. Remove both sector gears.

        1. Remove positioning tab on end of lock cylinder (17) using an 1/8-inch burring tool.
          • Remove all burrs in and around lock module assembly (15) and lock cylinder (17).
        1. From inside module assembly (15) push on locking tab and pull lock cylinder (17) from lock module assembly (15) and upper shroud (10).

        1. Record "Key Code " from old lock cylinder.
          • Build up "New" lock cylinder.
          • Cut "New " key.
          • Discard "Old" lock cylinder.
        1. Clean all debris and metal shavings from inside module assembly (15). Remove all burrs.

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    Tim Carter Sep 10, 2014

    Do not need to do to remove ignition wrong answer



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