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hey guys so i got a tilt steering column from the jy today to swap into my non tilt steering truck but didnt have a key. how do i get the ignition cylinder out so i can swap the one that i have the key for?
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I had the same exact problem when I got my tilt column from the junkyard. The easiest way is to take a chisel/flat head screw driver and just start breaking the cylinder apart (be careful not to damage the column, especially the part around the cylinder). Eventually you will get to the part where you can pull most of it out. But you will most likely leave the tip on it in. You can see how this tip looks by pulling the one in your vehicle out. You will need to take some needle nose pliers and turn the tip till it is released.

This is the way I did it. Took about 30 mins. Just be careful.

I forgot to mention that you hit the screwdriver with a hammer (duh).
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ok thanks for the help, im hoping i dont damage it cuz i may exchange it if not.
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I have a pretty good (yeah I'm modest) how to on how to replace the column:

http://tinyurl.com/steeringcolumnswap
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yeah, i read that before i went to the jy today. just hoping i can get the old lock out without damage. thanks.
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Well if you have any problems let me know.
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Thanks man
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Take your column out, two screws on the bottom, maybe one or two inside, i can't remember.
Put your key in the Cylinder. (so it doesn't explode on this next part). And smack the back side of that sucker out. should pop with a bit of doing.
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finally got that sucker out. what a pita! column swap tomorrow then i will have tilt finally :)
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Did you just hammer and chisel it to pieces?
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Basically yeah it was a mess lol
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well got everything swapped out so now i have full functional tilt! its nice. the biggest pain was swapping the wiring and components over, the rest isnt too bad.
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If your really want to make that column look nice you can add a lincoln towncar multifunction switch to it.
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