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how do I remove the tumbler for the ignition? it made me real mad today. it was acting up earlier when it would not go foreward to start, and finally, it will not go backwards to shut it off. I had to pull off the coil wire and electrocute myself in the process. it will srat just fine, but stuck on run, and i also busted off the ring the ears are on with a ball-pene hammer. so how can i deal with this? I have an ignition tumbler from a 74 impala, will this fit?

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pull steering wheel with puller. 3 screws holding turn signal plastic plate, pull that out a little then there is a round metal plate with a metal round keeper around center of shaft. the keeper which looks like a ring but open on side will have to be pried out with knife or small screwdriver. to pry it out , you have to push the round metal plate down to get pressure off the ring (keeper); there is a to but two people can push and pry without a tool. Once off ; there is a hole up in the right side where the plate came off , you have to put a skinny screwdriver through there , wiggle to release the tumbler as you pull it out. Its been awhile but if you look in that right upper corner you will figure it out. There might even be a plastic piece with a copper tab on it for the horn I believe in that hole ; just slide it out and insert driver. the new switch will snap right in with a little force. I could be a little off but that should get you close if no one else chimes in and your in a hurry as most are!
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Originally Posted by jackflash
I have an ignition tumbler from a 74 impala, will this fit?
Doc here,

Don't know...unless it's not a 59 Ford...I guess it might...What Car is it?

Never hammer out a Lock Cylinder..Use oil or Graphite to free it up and massage the key..if you can get it free (on most) Turn it to the ACC mode, stick a paper clip in the hole on the key receiver, and pull the tumbler cylinder out..reinstall your new one in reverse order..

You now may be faced with replacing the whole switch or Steering column..due to damage by the hammering.

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