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    Default How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    Well, after very little warning, my ignition lock seized. It's time to replace it; since I can't get the key into position 1, it looks like I'll have to drill.
    </font><ul type="square">[*]<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">How should I go about drilling out the cylinder?</font>[*]<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">How big a hole (diameter) needs to be drilled?</font>[*]<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">After I get it out, does the new cylinder just drop in?</font>[/list]<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">

    [size="1"][ 02-17-2003, 01:35 PM: Message edited by: Bantha Fodder ][/size]

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    heres a tip, tow it to the dealer, especially if you have warranty. because you can call road side assistance to tow it for free. the only reason I suggest this is because if you drill in the wrong spot, or drill too far, you will drill into the steering column, and you will have to replace the whole steering column.

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    No, at 45k miles, my warranty's long gone. I'd rather do it myself, since I'm not terribly happy with the dealers in my area, but if it's really that dicey of a situation, I'll take it in.

    Any drilling tips?

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    try pm ing Red-Se-00 - he just had a bit of experience with this

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    i should beaple to email or post them to you when i stop in at work today or tuesday.

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    sorry i spelled wrong but i cant send it to you. whe have a print up detailing it. i could fax it to you. but try spraying penetrating lube in it and put the key in an out a bunch of times. it might free it up a little and you may be able to turn the key and get it all out with out destrying it.

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    Yeah, I already tried that, and it helped a bit (at first, I couldn't even get the key more than halfway into the ignition), but I still can't turn the key.

    If you want to fax me something, I have an eFax number: 1-419-791-7614.

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    this just happened to me last thursday. I have 67K on my car and roadside towed me to the dealer for free [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    The dealer replaced it in a day, but i'm still waitin for the airbag to be fixed [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    tuesday you will get a fax then

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    Originally posted by Bantha Fodder:
    How should I go about drilling out the cylinder?
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Read this
    Be prepared to pay big bucks if you make a mistake with the drill.....

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    i haven't seen what the focus key mechanism looks like but usually there is some sort of device that holds the cylinder in and keeps it from falling out a pin a lip something once this is removed or released the cylinder should come right out but like i said haven't delt with the focus cylinder yet just my 2 cents

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    you will get my fax tonight. it is 13 pages

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    ok i tried to fax them to you but the call would not go through. what is an efax? i have a regular fax machine. are you sure the number you gave me is correct?

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    eFax is an internet fax gateway that will accept faxes and convert them to emails and send them to me. I'm not sure how thorough their service is, however (it's free), because this has happened before.

    I'll find out the number for our fax machine at work and PM you with it.

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    Default Re: How do I drill out my faulty ignition lock cylinder?

    when this happened to my car ford payed half of the cost cause they said it was a common problem it cost me 50$ maybe you should ask about that


 
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