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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-30-09, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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key cylinder won't turn

my ford explorer (96) key switch will not turn so I went and bought another key cylinder to replace it. Only problem is now I can't get the old one out. I called the dealer they suggested I drill the retainer pin out but that didnt work. I was told to drill the key cylinder itself so I can get a slide hammer in and yank it out of the housing (this I havent tried yet). Ive sprayed it with graphite and worked with it for bout 2hrs with no luck. So now Im here at car forums hoping I get some good advice. Thank you in advance.

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Re: key cylinder won't turn

For starters, graphite is bad news, regardless of what you may think or have heard from someone else. Give the ignitions a flush with some carb cleaner, follow up with some WD40 or penetrating fluid. Work your key in and out of the lock about 15-20 times rapidly, try to turn. if not shoot some more WD40 and work the key in and out again and try to turn the key. It may also help to turn the key over in case one side of the key has more accurate cuts.
I'm assuming you made sure the steering wasn't in a bind. If not, try turning the steering wheel hard to the left, while holding the steering wheel hard, try the key. If it doesn't work try turning the other way doing the same thing. (Try doing this first, before doing the flush and oil)
Do not attempt to drill the keyhole out or you may find yourself in more trouble, The Fords have a hard plate, much like a safe would have.
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