On what model?
On a '86 Tempo, changing the cylinder involved nothing more than
dropping the bottom plastic cover of the steering column, pressing out
a pin, and unplugging 1 wire.....but it could be different for other
Without the ability to turn the lock cylinder in order to allow pushing in
the lock pin, you will likely have to drill out the cylinder. This is rarely
a fun way to spend part of an afternoon. It is extremely easy to drill
cock-eyed and really up the frustration factor.
Sorry to sound like a real curmudgeon, but there is no fun thing to say
about this stuff. Keys were designed to be lost and the human condition
includes an innate ability to lose keys (ask Mrs. mechanic).... I can't
speak for anyone else, but I think there's no such thing as too many
Somebody with a little better grip than me might be able to.... but this is
one of the methods a car thief might try and he wont be worried about
damaging the steering column. Don't forget that the lock cylinder is
designed so that it "can't" be turned without a key in it.
The original poster needs to take it apart with the idea that he's going to
put it back together...
You're right; I had a brain freeze. I had a CV in which the cylinder needed
replacement. The contacts for the buzzer came apart and jammed it. I was
thinking that I had used a screwdriver to turn the cylinder, but in
retrospect I got some of the pieces far enough out of the way for the key to
insert and turn it.
i've lost a set of keys and made a call to a local locksmith who came
out to the house and made the keys to the vehicle on the spot. cost.
another place would have charged 140 dollars, so prices to vary quite a
i ended up with keys to doors, trunk and ignition, so, in my opinion, it
wasn't a bad deal, given the fact of what the locks would have cost and
the time to install them.
might want to consider this as an option.
also, does the poster have travel insurance. sometimes, that is
included in the cost of the benefits.
hope this helps.
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Too bad you did not have your key code you could have
gotten keys cut for a buck a piece for a non coded key vehicle
like yours. I always record the key codes on the back of my
c palmer wrote:
You can turn the lock cylinder with a screwdriver and remove it IF it is an
Ford with a 5 or 10 cut square head key. Use a big screwdriver with wrench flats
the handle (Mac, Snap On). This will destroy the cylinder but not the column.
used to be a tool for this purpose called a Bypass Key. They're not available to
general public (same category as lock picks), but a large screwdriver also
Break off the "wings" first.
Missed the OP - but sometimes even a new key won't turn the cyl.
I have on occaision had to resort to driving the pin in to enable the
cyl to be removed (because the cyl generally needs to be in an
unlocked position to depress the pin). When done carefully (if there
is such a thing) the cyl can be replaced without replacing any other
parts of the column.
Just driving in the pin usually results in cracking the column. The cylinder
turned with a large screwdriver and a wrench to the ON position. You can then
the pin and remove the cylinder.
The tumblers are on the inner cylinder and surrounded by the cylinder barrel
one assembly). The barrel is keyed heavily to the column and held in place by
pin. There's almost no way that forcing the cylinder around in the barrel can
the column, it ain't going to turn. This destroys the lock cylinder assembly
If you don't believe me, try it on your next trip to the boneyard. It works on
the older style cylinders like in the Tempo, Gen I and II Taurus, pickups till
95 etc. Break off the wings first, tap the screwdriver in the slot, turn the
screwdriver with a wrench to the on position, push the pin and slide the
out. Less than 30 seconds. There used to be a tool available to repo companies,
mechanics, and law enforcement for just this purpose.
Dang that sounds so contrite, not my intention at all Fred. Really. I'm
now. No disrespect intended.
Every time I tried to drive the pin in, I, and everyone else in the shop,
to mangle the column. This was at Hertz Rent a Car, and we did a lot of them.
used to burn the cylinder out with a torch!
The pin, by default, butts in to a steel ring on the inner cylinder except in
position.(probably to prevent removal that way). We all bought "Bypass Keys"
Mac tool man and it was a 30 second operation after that. Mine disappeared and
been using the big screwdriver ever since. Try it sometime, it's pretty slick.
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