I'm having trouble removing the lock cylinder on a 92 mercury sable. I
know that the key is supposed to be in the run position in order to
remove the lock, but therein lies the problem. The whole reason that
I'm replacing the lock is that the key no longer works. I've tried
drilling out the retaining pin, but it must be hardened. I'm not having
any luck with that. Any other tips?
It's really easy. You will NOT be able to drill the pin. It's hardened steel
floats free in the hole.
Take a big screwdriver and pry off the outer collar of the cylinder, the part
the "wings". Tap the screwdriver firmly into the key slot and force it to the
position, depress the pin and remove the cylinder. This will destroy the
won't hurt the column.
If the screwdriver doesn't have wrench flats near the handle (Snap-On, Mac,
may have to clamp vise grips around the shaft to turn it. Push inward on the
screwdriver while turning to keep it from camming out of the slot.
There is a tool to do just this called a "Ford Bypass Tool" but the last time
looked for it I couldn't locate one. They are only available to locksmiths, repo
companies, law enforcement, etc.
I had already thought of that, and broke a screwdriver that way. It
occurs to me now that maybe the wheel is turned slightly and I need to
take the pressure off it. Is this a possibility?
Thanks for your response.
Possibly, but you more likely used a screwdriver that was too small or of poor
quality. The tip needs to be about 1/2" or wider. Go to your local Sears and get
widest tip driver they have. It'll cost $10-20 but a locksmith will charge lots
If you damage the upper column housing trying to drill it out, the part is $130
I've used that trick on dozens of Ford lock cylinders. I'm sorry it didn't
wonder if you may have driven the pin in far enough to jam the cylinder in the
You can go at the cylinder with a drill and chisel to remove it. It's a real
and you have to be careful not to damage the housing.
I'm just now getting around posting the results of last weekend's work.
I bought a 1/2" drill bit and drilled into the cylinder some more.
Within 2 minutes, I had the cylinder (what remained of it) turning and
was able to depress the retainer pin. Thanks for the help.
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