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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 01, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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I bought an 88 Camaro in the late fall and then promtly lost the key. It snowed shortly after and I have put off doing anything until a cop came and tagged it. The locksmiths should be charged with highway robbery for what they want to come and remove the ignition so another key can be made. So...can someone please tell me how I can get the ignition off? The sooner the better.
Chained to my Camaro..
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 01, 02:53 AM
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Call your local Chev dealer and ask them that question. I believe there is a code or number they can use to make a key set. They did it for one on my cars, but it might have been an older one.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 01, 08:42 AM
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Can you contact the previous owner and see if they have an extra key?

Talk to a mechanic, maybe you can get one to come out and replace the lock with a new one.
You can buy a new lock with key at the dealer or any auto parts store.

It requires pulling the steering wheel and moving the turn signal switch to the side.
Then you either remove a screw to allow the lock to come out or with some, you have to punch through the pot metal in the proper place to allow pressing on a spring loaded tab on the end of the lock assembly to allow it's removal.
I think with yours, you have to punch through the metal.
You need a steering wheel puller, and a special tool to press down on the lock plate 1/4" so you can remove the round wire retainer clip.

Once you've done one it's easy, but the first one is a bitch to do.
It's a half hour job for someone who knows how.
Ask around for someone who knows how to do it for you.
If you want to tackle it yourself get the tools and I'll post more detailed instructions.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 01, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I went to the library and saw how to do it in a Chiltons. It was actually pretty easy, and you didn't need a special tool to depress the lock plate..My husband just held it down while I took off the c-clamp. I did have to rent a steering wheel puller though. Thank goodness my lock was just a bolt on, I wouldn't have wanted to mess with the punch. I feel empowered now..lol. Thanks a lot!!
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