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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #1 (permalink)
jery
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changing ignition key cylinder

Lost the key and want to change cylinder. What's the trick? Do I have to
pull the steering wheel?

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #2 (permalink)
Louis M. Brown
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

On Sat, 04 Jun 2005 01:38:49 -0400, "jery" <jeryjo@msn.com> wrote:

> Lost the key and want to change cylinder. What's the trick? Do I have to
>pull the steering wheel?


On what model?

On a '86 Tempo, changing the cylinder involved nothing more than
dropping the bottom plastic cover of the steering column, pressing out
a pin, and unplugging 1 wire.....but it could be different for other
models...

-LMB

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #3 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

Without the ability to turn the lock cylinder in order to allow pushing in
the lock pin, you will likely have to drill out the cylinder. This is rarely
a fun way to spend part of an afternoon. It is extremely easy to drill
cock-eyed and really up the frustration factor.

Sorry to sound like a real curmudgeon, but there is no fun thing to say
about this stuff. Keys were designed to be lost and the human condition
includes an innate ability to lose keys (ask Mrs. mechanic).... I can't
speak for anyone else, but I think there's no such thing as too many
spares....


"jery" <jeryjo@msn.com> wrote in message
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> Lost the key and want to change cylinder. What's the trick? Do I have to
> pull the steering wheel?
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #4 (permalink)
Tom Adkins
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

jery wrote:
> Lost the key and want to change cylinder. What's the trick? Do I have to
> pull the steering wheel?
>


What kind of car?
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #5 (permalink)
jery
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

model is an '87 ford ranger xlt 4x4

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:03   #6 (permalink)
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

Jim, can't you use a screwdriver to turn the cylinder once you access the
pin? It's been a while but I thought you could.

CJB

"Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
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> Without the ability to turn the lock cylinder in order to allow pushing in
> the lock pin, you will likely have to drill out the cylinder. This is
> rarely
> a fun way to spend part of an afternoon. It is extremely easy to drill
> cock-eyed and really up the frustration factor.
>
> Sorry to sound like a real curmudgeon, but there is no fun thing to say
> about this stuff. Keys were designed to be lost and the human condition
> includes an innate ability to lose keys (ask Mrs. mechanic).... I can't
> speak for anyone else, but I think there's no such thing as too many
> spares....
>
>
> "jery" <jeryjo@msn.com> wrote in message
> news:cb162bc87aec5d203f24d2114bf7c93a@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
>> Lost the key and want to change cylinder. What's the trick? Do I have to
>> pull the steering wheel?
>>

>
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #7 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

Somebody with a little better grip than me might be able to.... but this is
one of the methods a car thief might try and he wont be worried about
damaging the steering column. Don't forget that the lock cylinder is
designed so that it "can't" be turned without a key in it.

The original poster needs to take it apart with the idea that he's going to
put it back together...


"CJB" <colonyparkwagon@excite.nospam> wrote in message
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> Jim, can't you use a screwdriver to turn the cylinder once you access the
> pin? It's been a while but I thought you could.
>
> CJB
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #8 (permalink)
CJB
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

You're right; I had a brain freeze. I had a CV in which the cylinder needed
replacement. The contacts for the buzzer came apart and jammed it. I was
thinking that I had used a screwdriver to turn the cylinder, but in
retrospect I got some of the pieces far enough out of the way for the key to
insert and turn it.

My bad.

CJB

"Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
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> Somebody with a little better grip than me might be able to.... but this
> is
> one of the methods a car thief might try and he wont be worried about
> damaging the steering column. Don't forget that the lock cylinder is
> designed so that it "can't" be turned without a key in it.
>
> The original poster needs to take it apart with the idea that he's going
> to
> put it back together...
>
>
> "CJB" <colonyparkwagon@excite.nospam> wrote in message
> news:yokoe.5518$nr3.1191@trnddc02...
>> Jim, can't you use a screwdriver to turn the cylinder once you access the
>> pin? It's been a while but I thought you could.
>>
>> CJB
>>

>
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #9 (permalink)
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

i've lost a set of keys and made a call to a local locksmith who came
out to the house and made the keys to the vehicle on the spot. cost.
55 dollars.

another place would have charged 140 dollars, so prices to vary quite a
bit.

i ended up with keys to doors, trunk and ignition, so, in my opinion, it
wasn't a bad deal, given the fact of what the locks would have cost and
the time to install them.

might want to consider this as an option.

also, does the poster have travel insurance. sometimes, that is
included in the cost of the benefits.

hope this helps.

~ curtis

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invariably fatal. Prostate cancer is only sometimes so."
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #10 (permalink)
BigJohnson@mailcity.com
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Re: changing ignition key cylinder

Too bad you did not have your key code you could have
gotten keys cut for a buck a piece for a non coded key vehicle
like yours. I always record the key codes on the back of my
license ;)


mike hunt



c palmer wrote:
>
> i've lost a set of keys and made a call to a local locksmith who came
> out to the house and made the keys to the vehicle on the spot. cost.
> 55 dollars.
>
> another place would have charged 140 dollars, so prices to vary quite a
> bit.
>
> i ended up with keys to doors, trunk and ignition, so, in my opinion, it
> wasn't a bad deal, given the fact of what the locks would have cost and
> the time to install them.
>
> might want to consider this as an option.
>
> also, does the poster have travel insurance. sometimes, that is
> included in the cost of the benefits.
>
> hope this helps.
>
> ~ curtis
>
> knowledge is power - growing old is mandatory - growing wise is optional
> "Many more men die with prostate cancer than of it. Growing old is
> invariably fatal. Prostate cancer is only sometimes so."
> http://community.webtv.net/PALMER_ENT/doc

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