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Old 06-13-2011, 12:27 PM
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1985 ford f150 5.0 efi automatic,cruise control,tilt steering wheel.
I lost the key to my ignition switch & want to replace it.
How do I do this?
Someone said there is a small hole on the steering column to help remove it,but,there is no small hole anywhere on the steering column.
please help,& thanks for any help.
Neil

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1985 ford f150 5.0 efi automatic,cruise control,tilt steering wheel.
I lost the key to my ignition switch & want to replace it.
How do I do this?
Someone said there is a small hole on the steering column to help remove it,but,there is no small hole anywhere on the steering column.
please help,& thanks for any help.
Neil

That pin release hole won't do you any good without the key, it makes clanging the key tumbler easy IF you have the old key inserted but without it you are out of luck.
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That pin release hole won't do you any good without the key, it makes clanging the key tumbler easy IF you have the old key inserted but without it you are out of luck.

That was supposed to be "changing" not clanging.
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pin hole for ignition switch

Like I said in my post there is NO pin hole anywhere on the steering column unless it is under the switch,but not on the outside of the steering wheel.
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Like I said in my post there is NO pin hole anywhere on the steering column unless it is under the switch,but not on the outside of the steering wheel.
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you would need to remove the wheel and possibly the turn signal switch to access the release hole. It wont do you any good if you dont have the key. A fairly simple solution, if the door key was the same as the ignition key, is to pull a door lock and take it to the lock smith and they can make a key. If this is not the case you could carefully drill the old cylinder out or pull it with a dent puller type slide hammer. This usually will not damage the column and a new cylinder can be inserted
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you would need to remove the wheel and possibly the turn signal switch to access the release hole. It wont do you any good if you dont have the key. A fairly simple solution, if the door key was the same as the ignition key, is to pull a door lock and take it to the lock smith and they can make a key. If this is not the case you could carefully drill the old cylinder out or pull it with a dent puller type slide hammer. This usually will not damage the column and a new cylinder can be inserted

Would it cost about the same to have a lock smith come out & make a key?
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Would it cost about the same to have a lock smith come out & make a key?
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Only your locksmith knows.


Most likely the door lock is keyed the same as the ignition and if so they are easy to remove, hardest part is removing the door panel but they aren't all that hard to remove. Taking that lock to the Smith would most likely be cheaper than having them come out, call and ask and if it is going to cost a lot extra for the service call then removing the door lock may be a viable option.
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It's an 85 Ford.

A good locksmith can come out and make a key from a blank without even opening the door. Might take him all of 15 minutes.

(Can't do this with a GM lock)

But---removing the door lock cylinder yourself and taking it to the guy would be a lot less spendy.
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