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Ignition Key (Lock) Cylinder

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:46 pm    Post subject:  Ignition Key (Lock) Cylinder Reply with quote

I am going to need to replace my ignition lock cylinder (ignition key cylinder) soon... I want to buy a replacement with new keys... 2001 Impala LS...

1.) Where do you suggest I buy this?

2.) Is there a good "how to" out there somewhere for this?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Buy the cylinder from wherever new.

Take it to a locksmith along with your key. Have them cut new keys for you (not copies) from your existing key and have them key the new cylinder to use the new keys as well.

That way you have all new parts and your key will still fit your doors and trunk.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject:  Re: Ignition Key (Lock) Cylinder Reply with quote

I got mine from a vendor on eBay and it came with keys (granted I had to deal with two keys on my keyring, but hey most people did that for years back in the day).

Replacing it is a cake walk so long as your ignition cylinder still turns in the switch. All you have to do is take apart the dash, remove the shroud from under the steering column, remove a few bolts from the switch, drop it out of the dash, put your key in, turn it and pull it out of the switch. Repeat the process, but don't fully assemble the car while you do the security relearn. Nothing is worse than finding out you have a problem after you put it all back together.

It's pretty straightforward ones you get in there. IIRC, the only tools I needed for the job was a 10mm socket, a ratchet and a screwdriver.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject:  Re: Ignition Key (Lock) Cylinder Reply with quote

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I got mine from a vendor on eBay and it came with keys (granted I had to deal with two keys on my keyring, but hey most people did that for years back in the day).

Replacing it is a cake walk so long as your ignition cylinder still turns in the switch. All you have to do is take apart the dash, remove the shroud from under the steering column, remove a few bolts from the switch, drop it out of the dash, put your key in, turn it and pull it out of the switch. Repeat the process, but don't fully assemble the car while you do the security relearn. Nothing is worse than finding out you have a problem after you put it all back together.

It's pretty straightforward ones you get in there. IIRC, the only tools I needed for the job was a 10mm socket, a ratchet and a screwdriver.


I have no issue with pulling the dash trim panel off... I've done that already a couple of times for other reasons... And having 2 sets of keys is no biggie to me either... I almost never use the key for the doors or trunk...

But to pull the old ignition cylinder & housing out of the ignition switch housing isn't there a spring loaded button that needs to be pushed in to release it?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes, but I can't remember where on the ignition switch housing it is. I think you have to pull the switch partially out of the dash to access it.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Got mine from Rockauto and the instalation was pretty simple but the relearn process is a little time consuming since i did it wrong like the first 10 times

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I bought a new lock from Amazon and rekeyed it myself, it take some patience but isnt that bad overall. The already-keyed cylinders are easier if you want to deal with 2 keys.

BTW you dont really need to unbolt and remove the starter switch to take the cylinder out. Once you remove the dash front, turn the key to ON and get a right-angle pick and go in about an inch at the bottom of the switch and press up to release the cylinder. Might take some trial and error to find that little spring loaded button, but removing the switch itself is a pain as well due to tight clearance around the column.

Also, check your battery voltage as well if you are getting the SECURITY light. Low voltage can wreak havoc on computer modules and sensors, my battery was dying at the same time my Security light was coming on and I was having to do relearns every few days. I wound up replacing the battery and cylinder at the same time, might have replaced the cylinder for nothing but it was too late anyway.

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Got mine from Rockauto and the instalation was pretty simple but the relearn process is a little time consuming since i did it wrong like the first 10 times


Relearn is pretty easy, unless you happen to open a door or trunk meanwhile. Laughing

If you want to mess around with the car in the meanwhile, you can "lock" the door latches using a screwdriver to make it think they are closed, as well as a screwdriver latching the trunk lock and holding the trunk switch closed. Just set a time for 11 minutes and turn it OFF and then back ON, do it 3 times then start the car and enjoy. Very Happy

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