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Ignition barrel removal!!

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Just trying to remote the EL ignition barrel from the steering shaft. The only possible mounting points are the solid rivet-like things accessible from the bottom. But after drilling away at them, I have only managed to make the tiniest scratch. It's not looking like fun.

Anyone have any suggestions? Cheers!

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Re: Ignition barrel removal!!

grind the heads off, then replace them with screws not shear bolts
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Re: Ignition barrel removal!!

Cut slots in the heads and use a big-arse flathead screwdriver. You can either chisel them out or use the grinder.


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Re: Ignition barrel removal!!

the RACV bloke chiseled them out with a big screwdriver when my lock seized. hammer and screwdriver until its lose, then he used the rubber boot from a spark plug lead to turn it once it was free enough.

if it were my car, i wouldnt be replacing them with screws, thats for sure. but youre just stripping the wreck i take it :)

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Re: Ignition barrel removal!!

Cheers for that guys, so it is actually a type of screw that's just stuck to the bottom plate? The screwdriver idea might work if it's not too hard to free it.

Otherwise I'll need to find someone with a grinder. :sad:
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Re: Ignition barrel removal!!

Those bolt heads were once egg timer shaped, when they install them at the factory or when you get new ones the top breaks off and your left with just the bottom half.
This is of course so no one can loosen them and disconnet the steering lock when stealing your car.
Take a centerpunch (not to sharp) pick a spot at the side of the head and make a mark straight on, once a deep mark is established then tilt the punch and tap it in a counter clockwise position, this has always worked for me, good luck.
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