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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 04, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bought a new ignition lock cylinder for my 69SS and can't figure out how to release the old one from the steering column. Any tip's?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 04, 05:49 AM
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Hopefully you already have a steering wheel puller and have the wheel removed. If not go borrow one. After removing the wheel, there is a compression plate that locks on with a snap ring clip along the shaft. With a compression tool mounted over the column, you push down on the plate and the clip is removed. Once you have this plate out of the way remove the hazard light button (screw)and unscrew the turn signal lever. Now remove the 3 screws in the turn signal assembly and lift it out gently. Once it clears the inside of the column, just move it aside and don't damage the wires connected to it. Now you need to look at the cast area surrounding the ignition. If you hold the new ignition up you will see the small retainer clip. Match that up against the installed ignition and you now can see where the retainer holds the ignition in the column. There is a slight cast area around this clip that hides it and it is very soft. Take a small flat screw driver or an aul and tap lightly across the retainer where it is hidden behind the cast. It will pierce the cast rather easily. While depressing the retainer down start to pull gently on the ignition and once you have depressed the retainer clip it will slide right out in your hand. Now slide the new one in and it will snap into place. Reassemble and you are done. Its not hard at all but you will need the compression ring tool and a steering wheel puller. Both are available at your local parts store. Lesson 1 from a certified locksmith!
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 04, 01:43 PM
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You didn't mention if you had a standard (non-adjustable) or a tilt steering column. There are slight differences between the two.

If you go to the following websight: www.corvettefaq.com/A-Car/asp and download either of the following.

Std Strg Column 69-72 Disassembly I Repair Paper #1
Std Strg Column 69-72 Disassembly I Repair Pics #1

or

Tilt Strg Column 69-72 Disassembly & Repair Paper #1
Tilt Strg Column 69-72 Disassembly & Repair Pics #1

They will walk you through the whole procedure step by step.
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