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Replacing ignition lock cylinder

I cant remove the ignition lock cylinder on my 1976 caprice. all the pics and directions i find say that all i have to do is unscrew a screw that holds the lock cylinder in place but there seems to be no such screw. im stuck and am in dying need of assistance. thanks

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Its not a screw. it is a slot towards the end of the switch. use a small flat screw driver and push in the spring loaded keeper, Steering wheel and blinker assemble have to be dissasembeled

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