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PONTIAC SUNFIRE STEERING PROBLEM

1999 Pontiac Sunfire • 180,000 miles

Ignition will not turn. Need a diagram on how to remove cylinder.
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Pontiacsunflower
November 23, 2012.



This article has been updated with bulletin, 01-02-35-010

REVISED LOCK CYLINDER REPLACEMENT

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

CAUTION: Refer to Battery Disconnect Caution in Service Precautions.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraints (SIR) system. Refer to Disabling the SIR System in Air Bags and Seat Belts.
Remove the steering column shrouds. Refer to Steering Column Trim Cover Replacement - On Vehicle.

Drill out the locking button (2) on the rear of the housing assembly (1) using an angle drill.

Remove the ignition lock cylinder (1) by pulling outward from the steering column.
Disconnect the electrical connector (3) from the ignition lock cylinder (1).

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

IMPORTANT: Ensure that all the metal shavings are cleaned from the steering column and ignition housing assembly.

Connect the electrical connector (3) to the ignition lock cylinder (1).
Insert the ignition lock cylinder (1) into the housing assembly while rotating the key approximately 5 degrees counter - clockwise.
Install the steering column shrouds. Refer to Steering Column Trim Cover Replacement - On Vehicle.
Enable the SIR system. Refer to Enabling the SIR System in Air Bags and Seat Belts.
Connect the negative battery cable.

IMPORTANT: Due to component variability, the vehicle theft deterrent (VTD) system must have the learn procedure performed regardless, even if the vehicle starts on the first ignition cycle after a VTD repair. All codes in the theft deterrent module must be cleared for a relearn.

If you replace the ignition lock cylinder, the system will enter the long tamper mode. If the system enters the long tamper mode, ensure that the system completes a long tamper mode cycle. During the long tamper mode cycle, the THEFT indicator will flash for the full 10 minutes. The instrument cluster and the PCM require the full 10 minutes in order to complete the learn cycle. Ensure that the ignition switch remains in RUN until the indicator stops flashing. If you turn the ignition switch before the indicator stops flashing, ensure that you repeat the long tamper cycle from the beginning.

ASEMaster6371
Nov 23, 2012.

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Angie Borneman
Apr 17, 2013.
Where is locking button (2) on the ignition assembly?

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Angie Borneman
Apr 17, 2013.