Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Re: Ignition cylinder lock removal - 98 Taurus
I've got the pin pushed in. I took off the plastic cover, exposing the underside of the steering column, so I can see the cylinder housing and the release pin hole. I can get under and look up into the pin hole. I've tried it with the key in and out. Turning the key is not an option as that is why the cylinder needs to come out, the cylinder is locked up, or frozen, and will not turn.
The instructions from eHow are pretty straight forward:
1. Insert pin punch into the pin access hole directly underneath the ignition cylinder.
2. Push pin all the way into the pin hole.
3. Wedge flat head screwdriver behind the ignition cylinder and pry the ignition cylinder out.
4. Insert a new ignition cylinder. Press the cylinder into the steering column until you hear it click. Turn the ignition key to the "II" position to confirm that the cylinder lock is functioning normally.
A couple years ago I replaced the ignition cylinder on my 88 F150 and it went quite easy, so I expected this one to go just as well. Grrrr.
1970 XL, 351W originally 2V, now 4V
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