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I drilled out the tumbler and the cylinder still wont come out. how do i go about getting the cylinder out?

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U have 2 pull the stering wheel off has a screw that has 2 come out 2 slide it out good luck u will have 2 get a stering wheel puller

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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    ok thank you so much i will try that

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