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Dis-connect the battery first. There should be a hole in the bottom of the steering column, underneath the lock. If you can get a small screwdriver, or punch, and push in on the release button for the lock, while the lock is in the "run" position. You should be able to pull the lock out of the cylinder. If the part of the key shank is not too badly damage, you can then work it out of the lock, and it will be re-useable. Use some graphite and and the spare key to work the lock before putting it back in. If the key shank is too mangled, then you can get another lock from the parts store for about $15.00.

Just to clarify...on the 2001 the hole is in the top of the cylider barrel and the key will have to be turned to the first notch. If it is fully engaged, it will not release the cylinder. Remove the lower column cover first by removing the three screws that hold it the bottom cover in place.

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