View Full Version : Ignition lock cylinder, removal?


Magnus
02-05-2006, 03:08:31 PM
I’m not sure if this is the right forum to place this question in but it’s at least a part of the electrical system. I am going to change the ignition lock cylinder to a new and I wounder how to remove the old one from it’s housing, any tips and tricks?

http://files.upl.silentwhisper.net/upload0/ignition2.jpg

http://files.upl.silentwhisper.net/upload0/ignition3.jpg

http://files.upl.silentwhisper.net/upload0/ignition4.jpg

Magnus

schitzo
02-05-2006, 06:09:12 PM
Search and yee shall find
http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37682
http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30854&highlight=ignition+switch+removal+ASAP
http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37682&highlight=ignition+switch+removal+ASAP
http://www.chevelles.com/archive/files/69ignrem.htm

If you get it to work, can you take pics of the process.

asphaltburner
02-06-2006, 12:26:21 AM
Yo! Magnus! Check my thread: http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14176&highlight=ignition+switch+removal+ASAP and PM or email wetminkey@aol.com if you have questions. I'd be happy to help! Todd.

jose's 73
02-06-2006, 12:33:41 AM
what year car. you either have to tap thru a thin layer of metal with a flat head screw driver or it is held in place with a screw.

Magnus
02-06-2006, 09:34:50 AM
Thanks for the links, I have printed them and am going to read them as soon as I get the time.

schitzo: I will document it with pictures and then add them here.

Asphaltburner: I will let you know if I have problems, thanks

jose's73: my Camaro is a 72

Thanks /Magnus

mmiler
12-02-2009, 01:30:35 AM
Your ignition key is NOT needed to pull the cylinder.

Aceshigh
05-21-2010, 12:31:43 PM
Before this ^^
1. Remove steering wheel
2. Remove turn signal cam [2 layer white plastic circle]

I was going to make a video. I just did mine as well.
Just an FYI too.......

The black replacement ignition locks DO NOT work.
I got one from Rock Auto, Autozone, Car Quest, Oreillys
All of them have the push tab 180 degrees opposite side.

Chrome lignition locks are the only ones that work
unless someone else knows which black one works

Magnus
05-23-2010, 03:53:14 PM
Here's a picture of where the lock tab is located. I had to make a hole to be able to get to the lock tab with the screwdriver. When you are pressing the tab you can just pull the ignition lock cylinder out of it's housing.

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo235/Magnus118/17-1.jpg

Magnus

Aceshigh
05-23-2010, 07:03:16 PM
Magnus,

Correct, however your picture is about 35 degree's tilted to the right. Might be confusing for someone trying to find it.
I stole thsi pic from another thread and just made it real simple. I just did this myself. It's daunting until you
actually pull it apart and realize how simple it really is. :) :bowtie:

http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/5079/ignitionlockholesmall1h.jpg (http://img576.imageshack.us/i/ignitionlockholesmall1h.jpg/)

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Magnus
05-26-2010, 04:54:11 PM
Ops my misstake, I hade the column in pieces on the bench when I did it.

Magnus

mrod15
05-30-2011, 03:30:21 AM
Guys,

I have a similar problem. The ingintion cylinder will not return to the "Lock" position. A locksmith replaced the ingintion cylinder and then it still won't
go back to lock. He told me that I should replace the electirical switch on the column by lowering the column and taking off the 2 bolts. I did so and the switch will still not retunr to the lock position. Do you think he installed it
one tooth off or ?

Mod15

Toecutter
09-27-2011, 12:36:32 PM
Magnus,

Correct, however your picture is about 35 degree's tilted to the right. Might be confusing for someone trying to find it.
I stole thsi pic from another thread and just made it real simple. I just did this myself. It's daunting until you
actually pull it apart and realize how simple it really is. :) :bowtie:

http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/5079/ignitionlockholesmall1h.jpg (http://img576.imageshack.us/i/ignitionlockholesmall1h.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)

What in the world? So this hole is not there from the factory? What kind of GM craziness is this? We just went thru this on Saturday. We stopped for gas on our way to a car show. My son went to fire up the Camaro and the ignition lock just spun. It was like the chrome ring came unattached from the rest of the housing. We dropped the column and fired up the car from the ignition switch. Spent about two hours trying to get the lock cylinder out and we just couldn't figure it out so we gave up.

Thanks a bunch for the information. I am going to give it another try tonight. I just can't believe GM did this. Just making things harder for us...lol.

bowtie98607
05-14-2013, 12:41:00 PM
subscribe! I get to do this tonight. I tried for two hours last night and can not see the clip. I may need to break out the area Magnus shows? There is no spring clip behind the slag casting on Aceshigh's picture. I even rotated the cylinder from lock-start. I'm working on a 73.

azkeebler
05-15-2013, 11:20:19 AM
Bowtie98607- Magnus shows the correct hole to break. Aceshigh is showing the back of the cylinder.

mrod15- If the cylinder isn't turning back to lock, there's a good chance the lock rod for the tranny is off adjusment. You need to spin the collar of the steering shaft to the park position.A professional locksmith would've never left that job incomplete.

Toecutter- If the chrome ring was spinning, all you needed to do was line the keyway up and enter the key, or rip the chrome ring off and enter the key to get home.

The replacement cylinder needs to be the retainer-type versus bolt-type for correct early Camaro's with original columns, black or chrome. Commonly pre-78 GM.