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Unfortunately you have to be able to turn the key on to remove the cylinder the only way without a key is having a dealer cut one from the vin number, or destroy the lock cylinder to get it out and replace it

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I have a 1998 Ford Contour. When I insert the key it will not turn. I have tried the standard stuff like wiggle the steering wheel, push in the brake and try to move the car from park, nothing! If I use...

You will most likely need to replace the ignition lock cylinder.

Functional Lock Cylinder
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
  3. Turn the ignition lock to the accessory position.
  4. Insert a 0.125 (3.17mm) wire pin or small drift punch in the hole at the top of the cylinder housing and depress the retaining pin while pulling out the lock cylinder To Install:
  5. Turn the new lock cylinder to accessory position and while pressing the retaining pin in, insert the lock cylinder into the housing.
  6. Turn the key to the OFF position the release the retaining pin.
  7. Try the lock cylinder operation in all positions.
  8. Reinstall the steering column covers.
  9. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Non-Functional Lock Cylinder
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
  3. Insert a 0.125 (3.17mm) drill bit in the hole at the top of the cylinder housing and drill out the retaining pin. NOTE: Be careful not to drill into the lock cylinder housing.
  4. Pull out the lock cylinder.
  5. Clean out all the metal shavings and check the tube for damage. If damaged, the housing must be replaced. To Install:
  6. Turn the new lock cylinder to accessory position and while pressing the retaining pin in, insert the lock cylinder into the housing.
  7. Turn the key to the OFF position the release the retaining pin.
  8. Try the lock cylinder operation in all positions.
  9. Reinstall the steering column covers.
  10. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Remove the three screws and remove the lower column cover


Releasing the lock cylinder retaining pin


Mar 21, 2011 | 1998 Ford Contour

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If a small piece of the ingition key cylinder broke off and is now lodged deep in the key cylinder, how do I remove it for replacement? The key does not completely insert, since the piece is lodged in...

you can remove the lock cylinder and try to knock the piece out. You need to turn the key to the on position and then insert a small pin in the hole on the side of the lock cylinder so you can pull out the lock cylinder. A large paper clip would work.

Nov 10, 2010 | 1984 Ford F 150

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How to change 1999 VW cabrio ignition lock cylinder. How do I get the cylinder out of the aluminum housing? has a free repair guide, see below



1990-94 Cabriolet,1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta

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Fig. Lock cylinder drill point.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
  3. Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
  4. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
  5. On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 inch (3mm) deep
  6. Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.

To install:
  1. Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
  2. While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
  3. Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
  4. Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
  5. Connect the battery cable.

1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Center the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the air bag.
  4. Remove the steering column switches.
  5. If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
  6. Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
  7. Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
  8. Detach the sheer bolt.
  9. Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
  10. Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
  11. Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
  12. Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
  13. Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
  14. Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
  15. While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
  16. The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.

NOTE Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.

Oct 08, 2010 | 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio

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Trying to replace the ignition lock cyclinder on my 2000 chevy 3500 truck, are there any special tools needed and the easiest way to replace/remove it

After the steering wheel and lock plate are removed you should be able to see the lock cylinder housing, on the top in the middle or the back side in the middle of the housing there will be a small hole where you stick a small allen wrench or so into this will disengage the lock cylinder but have the key in the run position to pop it out.

Jan 02, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet C3500

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How do you get into the steering column of a 1997 ford tarus to replace key ignition lock

take the plastic cover off the steering column, you will see a small hole at the bottom of the cylinder push in and pull out,thats all you have to do.

Jul 25, 2009 | 1997 Ford Taurus

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I need to replace the key cylinder. How do I do

disconnect the neg battery cable. remove the plastics around the steering column, this may entail removal of neighboring plastic components. there should be a small hole or pin on the bottom (or top) side of the key cylinder housing, with key in acc position use a small punch/screwdriver, nail etc to release the key cylinder lock, remove cylinder. reverse the steps for replacement.

Jun 25, 2009 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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How you disassemble a 1995 bmw 325ic ignition locking cylinder

If you start with a brand new lock cylinder in a brand new housing, you can take a stiff wire, like a very large paper clip, and release the cylinder from the housing. You turn the key to the second click, bend the tip of the wire just a little so it hugs the wall of the housing, and poke it through the hole in the face of the lock cylinder. About an inch down in the hole, you should feel a spring-loaded release. Press firmly on the wire to push back the release, and pull outward on the key to remove the lock cylinder. Try spraying light lubricant down in the hole to make things move easier.
This works well with a brand new cylinder and housing. If you succeed in removing a 15-year-old lock cylinder that way, you will be only the second person I have ever heard of succeeding. Even dealer mechanics cannot get these things apart once they are several years old.
When that fails, you disconnect the battery, wait a few minutes, remove the airbag from the steering wheel, remove the steering wheel, remove the steering column cover. Pay attention to the location and orientation of the two ring spacers beneath the steering wheel when you pull it off. Then loosen the set screw and pull the electrical switch loose from the lock housing. Then take a dremel tool with cutting wheel and cut straight slots in the heads of the two security bolts on top of the lock housing. Unscrew the security bolts using a short straight blade screwdriver bit (not much clearance to work below the dash cluster) turning the bit with a small end wrench or a ratcheting box end wrench.
Then buy a new housing and a new lock cylinder and a new key (ouch!).
Lube the bearing around the steering shaft. You might spray a little lube down the steering shaft to lube the lower bearing as well. When you put back the snap ring on the steering shaft, a short chunk of 3/4" PVC pipe works great. Use the steering wheel nut to press the PVC down the shaft until it pushes the snap ring into its notch.
Reconnect the battery when you are done, Key the code into your radio (if original radio), and go for a nice ride.

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I need to replace the ignition switch, please help


You need to remove the steering column shroud to access the small hole in the bottom of the key cylinder. When you put the key in and turn it to the "on" position push a small awl or similar tool into this hole which pushes the catch pin and you will be able to pull the cylinder assembly out. With the new cylinder in the same key position just push it back in and reassemble column.

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May 28, 2009 | 1999 Ford Ranger SuperCab

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Need new ignition lock cylinder

You will need a tool like a allen wrench, somthing small with a 90 degree angle, and some torx bits. Disconnect the battery, wait for 5 minutes, then using the torx bit remove the lower column cover. Look up inside the column to the top cover, some models the top cover is held on with inverted torx. If you see a star looking screw you will need to remove them too. Aftre that gently raise the upper cover, turn the key to run. On top of the lock housing there will be a small hole, put the allen wrench in the hole, press down, hold the key to the start and pull out on the lock. It is not as bad as it sounds. Good Luck.

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New Ignition Cylinder doesnt click in?

Lock Cylinder Functional
  1. NOTE: The following procedure applies to vehicles that have functional ignition switch lock cylinders (11582), lock cylinder keys are available for these vehicles or the lock cylinder key numbers are known and the proper key can be made.

    Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Turn ignition switch lock cylinder to RUN position.
  1. Place a 3.17 mm (1/8-inch) diameter wire pin or small drift punch in hole in lower steering column shroud (3530) under ignition switch (11572). Press retaining pin while pulling out on ignition switch lock cylinder to remove it from steering column lock cylinder housing (3511).
  1. Install ignition switch lock cylinder by turning it to RUN position. Insert ignition switch lock cylinder into steering column lock cylinder housing. Make sure ignition switch lock cylinder is fully seated and aligned in interlocking washer before turning ignition switch lock cylinder to OFF position. This will permit cylinder retaining pin to extend into steering column tube flange hole.
  1. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder, using lock cylinder key, to ensure correct mechanical operation in all positions.
  1. Connect battery ground cable.

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