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Lost my keys to my 1987 GMC Safari. I will need to change the ignition cylinder. In the instructions to remove cylinder it states it needs to be in run position to slide it out . How can you switch it to run position without the key?? If I could get it in run position I wouldn't need to change it out. Any ideas? Thanks rioconcho

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  • earl mccain Mar 12, 2011

    Just telling me to use a big screwdriver is pretty vague.Where do you pry,hit or what? pry up?,down?out? does it damage the sleave the cylinder slides back in?

  • earl mccain Mar 13, 2011

    Lost my keys to my 1987 GMC Safari. I will need to change the ignition cylinder. In the instructions to remove cylinder it states it needs to be in run position to slide it out . How can you switch it to run position without the key?? If I could get it in run position I wouldn't need to change it out. Any ideas? Just telling me to use a big screwdriver is really vague information,Thanks rioconcho

  • earl mccain Mar 13, 2011

    I'm only replacing the lock cylinder because I lost my key,(no key )can't turn switch to run position to remove it !! Read the compleat problem then respond back if you know what to do. Thanks

  • earl mccain Mar 13, 2011

    Obviously no one has actually seen or changed a cylinder themselves,most of the instructions I am getting are from Auto zone site. Also no one is paying attention to the fact that I have no key,so I can't put cylinder in run position to remove it.If you don't "know" how to remove it from experience then don't comment.

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Yes. it's true that you need to turn the key in run position in order to remove the ignition cylinder, because it is an anti-theft device.
You should to destroy the ignition cylinder in order to remove it!

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Here are the instructions for the ignition lock cylinder:

Remove the steering wheel (this requires a special steering wheel puller). This involves a special tool. A steering wheel puller cost about 10 dollars at the parts store.

  1. Turn the lock to the RUN position.
  2. Remove the lock plate, (this requires a lock plate depressor tool, they can be bought at any NAPA store), turn signal switch or combination switch, and the key warning buzzer switch. The warning buzzer switch can be fished out with a bent paper clip.

You can use a bent paper clip to remove the key warning buzzer switch on 1982-90 vehicles

  1. Remove the lock cylinder retaining screw and lock cylinder
If the screw is dropped on removal, it could fall into the column, requiring complete disassembly to retrieve the screw.
Installing the lock cylinder on 1982-90 GM vehicles
To install:
  1. Rotate the cylinder clockwise to align the cylinder key with the keyway in the housing.
  2. Push the lock all the way in.
  3. Install the screw, then tighten it (1.7 Nm) to 15 inch lbs.
  4. The rest of installation is the reverse of removal. Turn the lock to RUN to install the key warning buzzer switch, which is simply pushed down into place.

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    yadayada Mar 13, 2011

    You must drill out the lock cylinder until it will trun to the run position, done lots of these and know this is the only way, it is a huge pain, should work once drilled and pins cut through.

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The correct way is to go to the local gm dealer with the VIN and proof of ownership and have a new key cut using a code. Problem if the ignition cylinder has been changed then this will not work. So your other options are call locksmith and they can make key to work to remove cylinder, or remove steering column and take to locksmith to get key made, or take a part steering column and drill hole into lock pin and then remove cylinder. Several choices depends on how much you want to spend $.

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    nampaboat Mar 13, 2011

    Since you have decided to do this the harder way go herehttp://www.keybitslockandkey.com/losange...
    and they have step by step instructions on how to dissemble the column to replace the lock cylinder. Depending on the model that is explained in the directions it tells you the procedure to replace the lock cylinder.

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Unfortunately you will need to force it with a big flat screwdriver. Completely destroy it if necessary.

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  • Azrael SRL Mar 13, 2011

    You take out the steering shaft shrouds and expose the cylinder; you get a flat screwdriver which head is a little less wide than the key - ideally it would be one that have an hex section at its base - and you hammer it in the key slot securely; now you turn it with all your force. If necessary you can drill the key slot before that.

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