I'm replacing the ignition lock on a 1980 Ford F250 Pickup. The keys
are lost. I have the steering wheel off, and I'm at the point where I'm
trying to remove the old lock. The instructions say I need a key, and
to turn it to the Run position. I can't do that, of course. So what
should I do? Just drill it out? Is that going to work?
(||) Nehmo (||)
We had a lengthy discussion about this a year or so ago. I've never done
it, personally, but here's what folks said to do. First, know that the
metal that the lock cylinder is made of is pretty weak stuff, much weaker
than the metal in the column. What you do is put a great big common
screwdriver in the lock and turn for all your worth. You'll probably have
to pinch the handle of the screwdriver with a pair of locking pliers to get
enough force. The metal in the cylinder will shear off and you can take it
There's supposed to be a Ford tool that does this, but others said that
they've done it this way many times.
Well, there is the Destructive Removal Method. What I'd try first is the
non-destructive method. If you can pop the cover that holds the tumblers in,
then you should be able to turn the cylinder with relative ease. The
tumblers will have a spring between them and the cover that you're looking
for (if there is one), and once the springs come out, the tumblers can be
pulled out with something like a dab of grease on the end of a probe.
Another poster suggested using a big-ass screwdriver and twisting it for all
you are worth. I don't like the sound of that plan very much ...
I replaced the ignition cylinder on a Ford Tempo by using a big screwdriver
and a hammer to shatter the cylinder and then pick the pieces out. An
experienced car thief told me about that way (I work in a prison).
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