Please help!! Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement

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Old 08-07-04, 10:04 AM
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Please help!! Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement

My daughter's 96 Pontiac Sunfire's ignition key will not turn. We have tried moving the steering wheel, gearshift, and rocking the car. Is there a trick to removing and replacing the lock cylinder? I was told a bolt has to be broken and drilled out, is this true? If this is true, which one?
 
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Old 08-08-04, 06:00 AM
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Before you go to far have you tried another key?Also try spraying lubricant in the cylinder to free up sticking pins in the cylinder.
 
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Old 08-09-04, 07:07 PM
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I am having the same problem with my 1990 Cougar. If anyone knows what I should do please let me know.
 
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Old 08-10-04, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SassyOne
I am having the same problem with my 1990 Cougar. If anyone knows what I should do please let me know.
Your Couger is very easy. The key has to be in the "on" position, you see a hole in the cover directly below the lock. Insert something stiff, shaped about like a coathanger. I use a torx type screwdriver. There is a small pin that needs to be depressed and the lock will slide right out.
 
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Old 08-10-04, 11:11 AM
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my cougar

I have the old ignition lock out but as I am trying to put the new lock in I can not get it to turn to the locked postition. I was hoping for information on how to get it fixed
 
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Old 08-10-04, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SassyOne
I have the old ignition lock out but as I am trying to put the new lock in I can not get it to turn to the locked postition. I was hoping for information on how to get it fixed
Make sure the lock is seated all the way because that pin has to align with the very small hole before the key will turn to lock. Also make sure the shifter is going all the way into park. There is a park lock mechanism in there that can be worn also preventing you from going into lock position.
 
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Old 08-11-04, 07:43 AM
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you guys deviated from the...

...original thread.

to the original poster...if you are fairly mechanically inclined and have patience and some specialty tools like torx screwdrivers...lock cylinders aren't too bad. my advice would be to get hold of the service procedures and any pictures so you can identify the parts correctly. try your local library
 
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