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Ignition Key Cylinder replacement advice

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: Question Ignition Key Cylinder replacement advice Reply with quote

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I'm having some troubles turning the ignition key. I have to carefully "jiggle" it to get it to turn from the OFF to the START position. This has been going on for a couple of years but seems to be worse recently. So I am considering changing out the Ignition Key Cylinder. I will live with 2 sets of keys, one to start the car and one to manually work the door & trunk locks.

1.) Where should I buy the Ignition Cylinder with Keys?

2.) Can anyone point me to a good "how to" for removong the old key cylinder and installing the new one?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You may not need to replace - it might just need to be cleaned out. Over time tiny particles wear off the key and get deposited in the lock cylinder. When too many accumulate, they interfere with the movement of the cylinder. A good video for cleaning the cylinder is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iLPpXVElU0.

For a video on removing the cylinder from the dash, just google "Impala lock cylinder removal".
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You may not need to replace - it might just need to be cleaned out. Over time tiny particles wear off the key and get deposited in the lock cylinder. When too many accumulate, they interfere with the movement of the cylinder. A good video for cleaning the cylinder is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iLPpXVElU0.

For a video on removing the cylinder from the dash, just google "Impala lock cylinder removal".


OK, thanks!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Several times over the years I've had lock cylinders get stuck, & almost quit working. I spray it with Remoil, & in 5 seconds it works like new again. I make sure to insert the nozzle in the cylinder to clean out all the crap. Remoil is a gun lubricant sold at Walmart, but I imagine WD-40 would work too as long as you can insert the nozzle in the cylinder. GARY

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Several times over the years I've had lock cylinders get stuck, & almost quit working. I spray it with Remoil, & in 5 seconds it works like new again. I make sure to insert the nozzle in the cylinder to clean out all the crap. Remoil is a gun lubricant sold at Walmart, but I imagine WD-40 would work too as long as you can insert the nozzle in the cylinder. GARY


Do you do this while it is still installed?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I replaced my cylinder with one from Standard Motor Products several years ago and it came with a generic key. I took it to a locksmith and he rekeyed it to my existing key and cut me a new key (not a copy) at the same time. If you clean out your cylinder and are still having issues, it might be worth visiting a dealership parts counter with your registration to have a new key cut, or visit a locksmith with your existing key to have him cut (once again, not copy) a new key for you as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:55 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes, I sprayed the Remoil with the cyl still in place. GARY

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Fair warning, if you are already to the point that its sticking like that, I'd just swap it out. You can't easily remove the cylinder from the switch unless your key can turn.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I can only say on my Impala, the cylinder was totally jammed. A quick spray with the Remoil, & it immediately freed up. 18 months later, & it's still perfect. GARY

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can get a new ignition that can be keyed to your existing key. Just gotta put the tumblers in the right place to match up with the old ignition

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