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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 03, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok I have just taken my steering column apart to freshen it up and want to swap out the ignition key assembly. After taken the entire assemble apart I don't see how you take the ignition switch out of the column. Nothing appears to be holding it into place but it will not come out. Do I need a lock smith or what..I'm lost. What do I do..

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 03, 03:03 AM
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Not 100% on this.... did it a long time ago. But I had to remove the steering wheel and turn signal switch, punch a hole with a screwdriver to push a pin that releases the ignition switch. should have directions or get a manual.

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I think that there are some prior posts explaining this procedure(I know because I asked the same question). There is a pin that needs to be pushed in to release the key assembly. I tried a screwdriver, but actually a jack knife blade worked better. I haven't done enough of them to explain the exact location of tht pin that needs to be depressed, but if you stare at it long enough you'll find it.....Then you just have to figure out what tool that you have that will allow you to depress the pin.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 03, 05:53 AM
 
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If you have bought the new switch, you can find the location of the pin on it. They are available at autozone. Just did this not to long ago, but like the others, I don't rember the exact location. Seems like I used a long thin screwdriver to push it.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 03, 06:59 AM
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by the back of the switch there is a slight indent about 1/8th" by maybe 3/8th in the column pot metal. It is thin flash metal. push through it and there is a pin that will release the lock. This is one of those that a person couldn't guess in a million years

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Thanks Red69Camaro, I will try it later.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 03, 10:01 AM
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There's a description of the procedure and several photos showing where to punch through the casting flash in the 1969 Chassis Service Manual.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 03, 11:40 AM
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just to clarify- that is the lock cylinder you guys were talking about. the actual switch is mounted on top of the column under the dash, and is connected to the cuylinder with a rod linkage.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 03, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yup lock cylinder. Got it out this morning.

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