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Old 03-17-2008, 06:45 AM
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Steering wheel removal / ignition key

Any quick tips on removing the steering wheel or on replacing the ignition key tumbler?
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Craig
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:16 AM
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If you have the old key, you insert a pin (I forget what size) through the hole under the lock (or remove the plastic covers if you don't have a hole) and turn the cylinder to release the lock. Pull it out and slip the new one in. Takes about 2 min. The instructions should be in the new cylinder. I got mine at autozone. ($15?) If you look through several of them you may be able to find one with a matched key code that will save you from having to carry multiple keys.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:07 AM
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Well I just tried to take the steering wheel off and the threads pulled out with the screws. I took my time threading them in by hand and all of that. Started tightening down on the center screw and the two "stabilizers" pulled out after a few turns. The metal still in the threads of the screws. I am trying to find a tap that will fit and try again. Is the metal that soft?
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:15 AM
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it's probably pewter which is pretty soft.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:13 AM
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This has turned into a freaking nightmare. Tapping the holes out didn't help. Same problem the bolts kept pulling out. So I move on to the ignition key removal and install. The haynes manual say to drill out the small pin in the bottom of the tumbler and then use a screw driver to pry it out. I drill the pin out use the screw driver to pry it out and "pop" the black face plate breaks off. @$#$()*%@#)$*%@

So now it is stuck in there and now I am in the house cooling off.
Craig
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:35 AM
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Man Craig sorry to hear. I've never done either and that year model. Can't give you any tips...
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:56 AM
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Hey JohnWayne, how are things in Houston?
Well I got the Ignition switch changed out. The Haynes people are full of (Fill in the blank).
All of this comes back to the sloppy gear shift problem I am having and repairing it. I was having problems with the ignition that how it got dragged into this. Anyways, I am back to being sane and will continue to try and track down my original problem.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:18 AM
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Well I can't get the original tumbler out after all. It is stuck in there good. Now the key won't even fit in it all of the way or turn it. I am tempted to gt a 1/2 metal drill bit and drill it out.
Any thoughts on this?
Craig
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:24 AM
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Wish I had seen this before you pulled the wheel.

I've got some experience with aftermarket wheel hubs and the metal is VERY soft. You have to be very deliberate when putting the alignment bolts back in.

I'm in a similar boat as you are. I have to pull the steering wheel soon to change the clock spring. My snapped when my steering went out. So far, It's been about 3 weeks with no Airbags, horn, or cruise. (I could care less about the airbags.)
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:30 AM
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Hey Ditty,
Yeah, that would have been good info to know. I have pulled steering wheels before w/ no problems and changed out ignitions before. This is partly why I am so frustrated.
Right now I am fubared as I can't do anything with the truck. Thank God it is parked off to the side and we can get our other vehicle in / out of the driveway.

Is there another way to do the ignition where I can put a push button in instead of a key? I guess I would need a switch to turn the glow plugs on / off.
Craig
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