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How do you take an ignition out of a steering column if you lost the keys and have to replace the ignition?

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2010-03-18 19:47:44
2010-03-18 19:47:44

On the steering column, remove the plastic covers that are directly behind the steering wheel. If you have the adjustable column, this will be easier, and is usually done by removing several screws from the bottom and separating the two halves. Be careful at this point to not damage turn signal arm on left, or wiper arm if on the right as some cars have.

Once the covers are removed, locate the ignition switch on the right side of the column, get to where you can look under it and locate a detent hole that house a spring located pin. use something small enough to insert and long enough to push back on the spring load detent. NOT HARD You should be able to remove the ignition tumbler as a whole.

Recommend that you take this to the lock smith to have the key made. i do this for vehicle i acquire at auctions that have no keys and usually can get 2 made for less than $10.00.

If your still not for sure, best have the locksmith come to you. Still alot cheaper than re-keying because most car keys not only engage the ignition, but also the doors and the trunk.

You decide your best path.

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