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What is the special tool called for removing the ring so i can take that plate off to get at the screw that hold my ignition switch on my 1990 gmc 1500

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You will require a steering column lock-plate tool to compress the spring-loaded lock-plate and then you can remove the lock-plate securing ring using either snap-ring/e-ring pliers or by using two small screwdrivers to pry the lock-plate securing ring off of the steering shaft. Here are some images to assist you, and at most auto part stores you can purchase a lock-plate tool or rent one, and some will even loan them to you if you have purchased a part from them, and also note in the image that the lock-plate securing ring is being removed using a screwdriver if the proper snap-ring pliers can not be obtained. It might also be necessary to remove the screws securing the turn-signal switch and position it out of the way to access the ignition tumbler retaining screw, and let me know if you require any further assistance.



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WARNING: On vehicles equipped with Airbags, disable airbag system prior to performing service procedures.



  1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
  2. Remove steering wheel as outlined under STEERING WHEEL procedure.
  3. Using a screwdriver, pry cover from housing.
  4. Using lock plate compressing No. J-23653 or equivalent, compress lock plate, and pry snap ring from groove on shaft, Fig. 5. Slowly release lock plate compressing tool, then remove tool and lock plate from shaft end.
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