There are a variety of different ignition cylinder designs for vehicles, some of which require the original key to turn the lock cylinder to the accessories position to fix the part in the most efficient way.
However, if you do not have the original key, then you will need to replace the entire ignition switch assembly rather than only replacing the lock cylinder. Due to the complexity of automobile keys, it is much more difficult to pick the lock cylinder of a car than picking one from a standard doorknob. Disconnect the negative battery cable from your vehicle, which will eliminate the chance of getting shocked while working on your ignition switch assembly.
If your vehicle has an airbag, disable it by prying off the airbag switch cover on the bottom or side of the steering wheel and disconnecting the electrical connection leading to the airbag itself. Wait for 10 minutes for any built-up charges to dissipate from your car's electrical wiring.
Use a screwdriver and socket wrench set to disassemble the steering column covering and lower dashboard panels so that you can access the ignition switch. Different vehicles will have varying panel combinations that need to be removed, however, you will need to see the complete steering column and ignition switch assembly.
Disconnect the electrical connection leading to the ignition switch. Some vehicles may have two connections that need to be unclipped. Use a screwdriver or socket wrench to unscrew the mounting bolts or screws for the ignition switch. Unbolt the ignition switch housing and assembly, which contains the lock cylinder.
Some models have interchangeable lock cylinders that can be removed by turning the ignition key to the accessories position and inserting a pin into a pin hole with a release mechanism.
However, other vehicles do not give you this option. Inspect the mounting bolts for your ignition switch housing. Some models use safety snap-off bolt heads that prevent thieves from replacing your ignition switch and driving off. You will need a power-drill with screw extractors to drill out the bolts used to mount the ignition switch housing to the steering column.
Replace the ignition switch and lock cylinder assemblies. Some models may require you to insert the lock cylinder into the ignition switch assembly if the two components are sold separately. This is best done prior to installing the new components to your steering column. You may need to turn the new ignition key in the lock cylinder to the accessories position before inserting it into the ignition switch.
Test your ignition switch by reconnecting the electrical connections and the negative battery terminal cable. Turn on your vehicle. If it cranks correctly, then all you need to do is reconnect the airbag and steering column covers and panels.
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Send Private Topic View Profile. Execution time: 0. All times are GMT Pacific. Current time is AM Top. Attach Photos to Posts. Contact Us. My Cookies. Frequently Asked Questions. Forum Rules. Username Post: How to remove '57 ignition barrel with no key????
It is in the locked position and I need it off now so I can remove the trim and detail the dash. How on earth do you get the ignition lock and bezel off if you have no key? My 55 key does not work. I think it is an original, would there be records available to have one cut if I produce proof of ownership or is there an easy fix?
Thanks in advance as usual guys. Re: How to remove '57 ignition barrel with no key? SO I think you will simply have to remove the door lock cylinder and bring to a lock smith, form the code on the cylinder, they should be able to cut you a key that will work for your ignition. Good luck, I just got through with a similar deal. Re: How to remove '57 ignition barrel with no key???? Probably not great press for Chevy, but the truth is that a lot of these old keys will start each other's cars.
I had the same problem on my ' It had an ignition from something else in there. My dad had a ring of old keys from chevies, and I found that it fit our '77 malibu. You might get lucky too.
Wouldn't have thought of that. I know what you mean about different keys opening and starting cars. My old fjord cortina would start with anything in the barrel.
How to Get an Ignition Cylinder Out Without the Original Key
That is what you're talking about right. Of course if you need the key anyway The ignition cylinder got changed somewhere along the line. I'm thinking about having the cylinder rekeyed to match the door.Discussion in ' ' started by ol' chebbyAug 26, Log in or Sign up. Classic Parts Talk. How to change out the origional ignition lock cylinder Discussion in ' ' started by ol' chebbyAug 26, After I figured it out, I realized that you don't have to remove the ignition switch.
But anyway, Put your key into the lock See that little hole? Rotate the key as far as it will go clockwise, then push it in with a pick This little pin is what you are triggering. It keeps the cylinder from rotating all the way. When the pin is pushed in, the lock will rotate a little further and pull right out. Insert the new lock cylinder in with the key, turn back to "off" and remove the key.
Last edited: Aug 30, I bought the matched key set from C. The same key blank fits all the locks on these trucks, so a good, old school locksmith should be able to re key them together. How about removal if you don't have a key Any tips on removal if you don't have a key?
If you are a lucky person, pull the one from the door and take it to the locksmith. The key code is visible and the locksmith can cut a key from the code. Now comes the part that depends on luck. If you are lucky, some previous owner has not changed the door lock or the ignition lock. Bill HanlonOct 28, If I were lucky BIll thanks for the work around on the ignition switch.
Unfortunately I don't have an original door lock to take out. I bought a set of locks and a switch but need to get the old one out of the holder. I guess I'll just buy a new holder and trash the old one. Indeed if I had a key I'd be lucky!! I didn't hear that It will come in handy or someone else could use it At least now with the internet you can offer stuff up. Of course now having said that, there are times or maybe all the time Oh, well. About a year ago I was up the creek trying to find an original shell for the front mount, but all the places were only selling the oil ddddddrip thingy.
I could not find one anywhere The only thing thrown on the floor of the cab was that specific shell mount! When I first got my truck I think I might of thrown one of those things out when I was cleaning.What's New? Log in.
Remember Me? Forum Tech Body Shop removing ignition lock cylinder without key. Results 1 to 9 of 9. Thread: removing ignition lock cylinder without key. I'd prefer to not tear it up but I can if I have to. Also, are the two t top locks different? I had 2 keys but mtbpassenger side is locked, but the drivers side is not. My plan is to take all of my lock cylinders out and have keys cut to the old locks.
Its pretty easy remove the column covering to access the pin you'd push to remove the cylinder with the key on. Grab ya a drill bit the a bit smaller than the pin and drill it out. Sometimes you can punch it out but drilling is easier. Learned and used the drill out trick many times on broken ignitions. Yea, I was hoping to not have to drill it, but its looking like that's gonna be my only option.
Or go down to local locksmith store and buy a set of "jigglers" they are made for the repossession industry. You can buy them online as well dollars.
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I will give you more detail about them in a PM They are really easy to use and cheap. I have jigglers too. They actually do work. He pulled out a jar with some ford keys that he had saved over the years and proceeded to try few keys in my steering column which i didnt have a key forand about 3 or 4 keys later we had a match. I was pretty amazed.Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!
Send Private Topic View Profile. Execution time: 0. All times are GMT Pacific. Current time is AM Top. Attach Photos to Posts. Contact Us. My Cookies. Frequently Asked Questions. Forum Rules. Username Post: Help! Again, I need your help. I am trying to relpace my ignition barrel lock, as the one currently installed is worn and I dont have a key for it.
I am using the advice fro the manual, by using the key I have for the replacement lock, entering it inot the lock barrell, turnig this to the LOCK position and then, with 2 paper clip ends, trying to push the clip ho0lding the barrel in, via the 2 holes on the barrell face. But of course, this is not working.
I note the manaul advises this is the way to do this, but can anyone assit, as I cant seem to be able to turn the lock any more counter clockwise that the LOCK position. A friend of mine bought a 57 convertible that needed a complete restoration, the car sat for many years and the keys were lost, He asked me what could he do to remove the ignition lock assembly short of hacking up the original dash and I gave him my ring of keys and told him to try one until he found one that worked, he stood there and just laughed at me like he thought I was joking, well a few days later he stopped by and brought me my keys back and informed me that I was right, he found one that worked and was able to pop out the lock without hacking up the dash to get the assembly out.
Now you can just imagine how many cars I parted out over the years, Bruce Theres no replacement for displacement - 57 Bel Air 2 door hardtop, crate motor, Richmond 5 speed, Currie 9 inch rear. Only a working key can get the cylinder into the "locked" position, which is where it needs to go before you can turn it further using the paper clip. Also, if you have 2 holes, the paper clip only goes in the top hole. There is a way to remove it by drilling a hole in the face of the lock cylinder, after popping off the chrome cap.
If you want to try that, I can give more info. Or, if you can drive your car, drive over to a locksmith and have him take it out for you and pop in the new cylinder. You need to have the correct key in order to remove the cylinder. However, don't go drilling anything until you try this trick first. See if you can pry the faceplate the part with the key slot off of the lock cylinder.
Once the faceplate is out of the way, try to unscrew the switch retaining nut. If it comes off you are home free.
You can even save the switch by taking it to a locksmith, who will be able to remove the cylinder. You can also get the switch out by destroying the retaining nut, but the nut is more expensive and harder to find the the cylinder. Ray Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation.
Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive. The barrel is that worn that I dont need a key to turn the lock at all - not quite sure if that will help? I can turn the lock with no ket from lock to on to start the car. But if you can provide the info to drill it out, that would be great, as that looks like the path I am going to have to follow Cheers, Stuart. Your switch is perfectly normal, not worn. If you try drilling the cylinder, you are at risk of destroying an otherwise good switch.Many people confuse the ignition switch and the key switch.
The key switch is the part where you stick the key in to start the engine. The ignition switch in a Chevrolet car is the electrical part of the system, and resides below the key switch, inside the steering column. The ignition switch provides power to several accessories when the key it turned on or into the accessory mode.
When the key is turned to the start position, the ignition switch activates power to the starter through the starter relay.
Carefully lower it away from the dashboard to access the top of the ignition switch. Unplug the wiring to the switch. Insert the key in the ignition and put it into the "Lock" position. Unscrew the switch from the column using the Phillips-head screwdriver.
Pull the switch off of the column and replace it with a new unit. How to Remove the Ignition Switch on a '66 Chevelle. Park the Chevelle and set the parking brake. Use a wrench to disconnect the negative battery cable. Insert the mini-screwdriver into the small hole in the face of the ignition lock. Push in on the pin inside the hole and turn the key to your left, past the "ACC" position.
Pull out the ignition lock. Place a flat screwdriver in one of the slots on the side of the ignition switch trim ring.
Gently tap the screwdriver with a small hammer to turn the ring in a counterclockwise direction. Once the ring is loose, you can finish removing it by hand. Reach under the dash and pull the ignition switch back and away from the dash, then lower it under the dash. Use the flat screwdriver to pry up the two clips on the electrical connector and pull the switch away from the connector. Remove the steering column shroud halves.The ignition switch is an often-overlooked but essential part of nearly any automobile.
These switches are located just to the side of the steering wheel and column on your dashboard, and are one of the main components in your car's starter system. If the switch is not working, you will likely have to remove and replace it. You can do this with a set of simple tools like a screwdriver.
Turn on your power drill and use your drill bit to make a hold in the key slot of the ignition cylinder.
How to Remove an Ignition Switch From Chevrolet Cars
Be sure to make the hole large enough for you to insert your screwdriver, and drill to the back of the key slot. Insert a straightened out paperclip into the slot just to the left of the key cylinder. This will lock the cylinder from starting. Inserting your screwdriver into the cylinder and turn it as far as you can to the right.
Pull on both the paperclip and the screwdriver to gently slide the switch out of its current position. This article was written by the It Still Runs team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.
To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more about It Still Runs, contact us. Step 1 Turn on your power drill and use your drill bit to make a hold in the key slot of the ignition cylinder.
Step 2 Insert a straightened out paperclip into the slot just to the left of the key cylinder. Step 3 Inserting your screwdriver into the cylinder and turn it as far as you can to the right.How to Replace or Fix an Ignition Lock Cylinder to Unlock Steering Wheel - With or Without a Key
Items you will need Power drill Drill bit Flat head screw driver. About the Author This article was written by the It Still Runs team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.
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