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Ignition lock cylinder jammed up

How do I remove the ignition lock assembly??
I believe one of the tumblers fell out.
I can fix it if I can just figure out how to remove the whole thing so I can get it apart in my shop.

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When you have pulled the steering wheel of you'll see three hex screws the on on the right thats silver and just above that one you should see another hex smaller and dark in color that hex screw holds the lock in place.

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