How To Remove An Ignition Lock Cylinder Without A Key?

Replacing an ignition cylinder without having the key is not an easy task but it can be done with the right tools and expertise.

Follow this guideline:

Tools You’ll Need To Change An Ignition Key Lock

In order to remove an ignition cylinder you will need these tools: flathead screwdriver, power drill and wrenches for bolts or screws.

Battery Disconnection

The first step is to disconnect the battery of your car. It is an important safety measure that should never be overlooked to prevent any electrical shorts or shocks.

Accessing the Ignition Lock Cylinder

Remove all covers, panels, screws and clips that hold the steering column cover in place. Adjust the steering wheel position to allow a better access to the ignition cylinder.

Locating the Release Pin or Mechanism

Most ignition lock cylinders have a pin or a small button that are used to release it and usually located on the cylinder housing.

Releasing the Lock Cylinder

Without a key you may need to use a screwdriver or a drill to turn the ignition cylinder to the “ON” position. This is where the release pin can be engaged.

Once in the “ON” position use a small tool like a paperclip to press the release mechanism.

Removing the Cylinder

With the release mechanism engaged pull the ignition lock cylinder out of its housing. You may need to wiggle it gently to free it.

Handling Complications

If the cylinder does not turn or if there is no visible release mechanism further disassembly of the steering column might be required. This should be done carefully to avoid any damage to the steering column or to the ignition switch.

After Removal

Once the cylinder is removed inspect the housing and the surrounding area for any damage and clean the area before installing a new one.

Installation of New Cylinder

Install the new ignition lock cylinder and aligned the it correctly with the housing to ensure it locks into place securely.

Reassembly and Testing

Reassemble all components and covers you removed during the process.

Reconnect the battery and test the new ignition lock cylinder by inserting the new key and turning it.