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How To Remove Key Cylinder From Ignition Switch

Have you ever had to remove a key cylinder from an ignition switch? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. But if you own a car, chances are you will at some point. Removing a key cylinder from an ignition switch is a common repair that car owners will need to make. And while it may not seem like a difficult task, there are actually several steps involved in getting the job done correctly. In this blog post, we will walk you through the entire process, step by step. ###

Removal of key cylinder from ignition switch

There are a few different ways to remove a key cylinder from the ignition switch. The most common is to use a fishing rod and hooked wire to pry it off. Another method is to use a small screwdriver to gently pry it off. If the key cylinder won’t come off, you may need to use a specially made key removal tool.

Tools needed

For most cars, the key cylinder is located in the ignition switch. It allows you to turn the car on and off.
To remove the key cylinder from an ignition switch, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver, pliers, and a socket wrench. First, remove the two screws that hold the cover of the switch together. Then use the screwdriver to pry open the cover. Next, use the pliers to grip one end of the key cylinder and pull it out of the switch. Finally, use the socket wrench to tighten both screws in place.


The procedure to remove a key cylinder from an ignition switch is as follows:
1. Remove the cap screws that secure the cover to the switch housing.
2. Loosen the four bolts that hold the cylinder in place.
3. Carefully pry the cylinder out of the switch housing.
4. Clean any debris or grease off of the cylinder and switch housing surfaces.
5. Reinstall the cylinder and bolts in reverse order, making sure that they are tightened evenly.

Tips for success

If your car won’t start because the key cylinder is stuck in the ignition switch, try these tips:

1. If you can get to the key cylinder, unscrew it by turning it counterclockwise with a screwdriver.

2. If you can’t unscrew the key cylinder, remove the lockwire by cutting it with a utility knife.

3. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the key from moving in the ignition switch. Check for bent wires or screws in between the key and ignition switch housing. If there are any obstructions, remove them before proceeding.

4. Clean off any dried residue on the key cylinder and ignition switch housing surfaces with a cleaning cloth and solvent cleaner. Wipe off any dirt or grit that may have gotten onto them during normal use. Allow all surfaces to dry before reassembling everything correctly.