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I used this procedure to remove the lock cylinder in order to have the cylinder rekeyed. First, for the sake of safety to the electrical system, DISCONNECT the NEGATIVE TERMINAL CONNECTOR from the battery. This should be done any time you are working on, or close to, any electrical system, UNLESS it is absolutely necessry to have power on for testing. There is an ACCESS HOLE on the right side of the steering column, just beneath the ignition lock cylinder. 1. Turn the key forward to the "ON" position [but DO NOT start the engine]. 2. Insert a flat ended probe, or rod, into that hole, and press inward on the LOCK RETAINER spring clip to release it from the cylinder. I used one of those screwdrivers with a flat ended "star shaped" tip, but I think a Phillips might work. Actually, any flat ended rod will work, and a small "DRIFT" is ideal. 3. Place a piece of tape [like masking or electrician's tape] on the steering column as an ""index" to help you remember the precise rotational position of the cylinder, to facilitate replacing the cylinder. 4. While maintaining the release pressure on the retainer with your "tool," and using the key as a handle, pull the cylinder out.

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Q: In an 1997 F150 how would you remove the ignition key lock in the steering column?
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