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Old 12-12-2003, 09:54 AM
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how to remove ignition lock cylinder on a 1981 trans am

tried searching the archives cant find anything on removin ignition lock cylinder column mounted tillt steering any advise, thanks all in advance

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Old 12-12-2003, 10:15 AM
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You have to remove the steering wheel, trans lock plate and then you can get at the little screw that holds the ingition lock assembly in.

That trans lock plate is a real treat. It has a "C" clip and a real strong spring. Need about 4 strong hands sometimes to get it back on.
Don't know if there is a special tool for this. Maybe someone else knows.
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tks poncho for your info maybe someone else could have more info and tools needed
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yes there is a tool to compress the spring
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its not a big deal at all.
you can buy the tool at just about any auto parts store for i think around $10-$15.
all it is, is a U- shaped tool with a bolt going though the center of it, with a screw driver handle on one end, and female threads on the other.
after removing the steering wheel, screw the threads onto the threads used to bolt the steering wheel on. the two points if you will, of the U will push down the plate as you tighten it down.
all you do then is take a pick or small screw driver and pry out the small round clip that holds the plate on.
then back it off, pull off the plate, and you may have to pull a couple of the turnsignal screws because part of it migh be in the way. at this time, look at where the ignition cyl goes into the coloum. there should be a screw real close to it, pull that out and then pull the whole switch out.
hope this helps, any problems, post 'um.

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Old 12-12-2003, 08:35 PM
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I was going to post a picture of it, but you guy said it all.

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can you tell that i have done a few?
back when i was a mechanic, we had fleet trucks that the drivers ragged the hell out of. i did one about every couple of weeks.
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Old 12-12-2003, 11:15 PM
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Yeh, it gets easy after you do a few, with the right tools.

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Old 12-13-2003, 07:30 AM
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tks akm for the instructions and thanks to all for your inputs troy-cut if youif you have a pic of the assembly can you still post it
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