im trying to narrow down my ignition problem possibilities, and im going to replace the lock cylinder as a last resort. only problem is i can find how to in any of my books. how might i go about removing it?
its actually quite simple.. you have to pull the steering wheel off.. and all that crap to release the old one... once you have it out.. the new just pops in.. should be in a chiltons/haynes manual.. i did it some years ago.. and about all i can remember is... it was quite easy.. took about 10 minutes.. but i had a steering wheel puller..
You need to remove the steering wheel and turn signal mechanism. Put the key in the ignition and rotate it to the first click. Then put a small screwdriver down the access whole hole to compress the black lug on the end of the lock cylinder. Then the lock cylinder just pulls out.I just did this and it's quite easy. While you're at it you might want to replace the ignition switch if you haven't already. After doing these things I realized how easy it would be to steal my jeep.
I'm not sure what year they changed, but I know 81-86 lock cylinders are held in by a small phillips head set screw, not the tab. Either way, once you get your steering wheel off you'll see what kind you have.
You don't want to replace the lock cylinder, you want to replace the ignition switch. The switch is located on top of the column accesed from under the dash. A simple 2 screw setup and about a $12 switch.
You may also need to rent the lockplate compression tool ,to get the snapring off to access the lock cylinder.Although someone will no doubt suggest smacking it with a BFH ...,LOL.The right tool just makes everything go sooooomuch easier ,especially reassembly.while you are at it get a puller for the steering wheel ,that works reel well also.
maybe I am just getting OLD
Learn to let go of what does not serve you ,but forces you to serve it
why does everyone ask if I am gonna paint it ?
Does anybody have any ideas for removing the lock cylinder without the key. As I understand it, you must have the key to remove the cylinder and I have a junkyard column with no key. I haven't even tried it yet, so maybe it would be obvious if I looked at it. Just wanted to see if there are some hints.
'75 CJ5 with goodies
'63 CJ6 rolling chassis and body only