95 S-10 KEy wont turn (car wont start)

Tiny
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Yesterday I walked to my car and went to start it and the key wouldnt turn. I imediantly thought the steering wheel was locked and moved it back and forth. That didnt work. Could it be the tumbler or the ignition switch? I worked on it a little today and could move the steering wheel but not the key. Whats the procedure to replacing a tumbler?

1995 s10 5 speed 2.2 liter with air bags. Could someone please help me out?

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Saturday, December 30th, 2006 AT 12:55 PM

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Tiny
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Before you replace the tumbler, try a different key. Pick up a chiltons for the r& r procedure.
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Monday, January 1st, 2007 AT 8:23 AM
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I just resolved a problem with my 97 S-10 and a starting problem. The key would suddenly and randomly refuse to start, the lock would not release the key and ALL electrical systems were disabled. A locksmith made a new key and it worked fine for 24 hours then refused to start or release the key. I suspected the anti-theft system but after reading a few items on this web site I tried moving the ground wire on the battery- BINGO- everything started buzzing and the key worked perfectly. Problem was a bad ground even though the battery terminals showed no sign of corrosion. Some baking soda and water seem to have corrected the problem. :D
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 3:28 PM
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I too have a 95 S/10 with the same issue. Left me and my 5 yr old stranded at the house this morning. I have dropped everything as described by the Haynes and Chilton's manual. I have a new lock cylinder since it was only $14.99. Problem is, it requires the old lock be turned to the 'Start' position to be able to insert the 1/16th inch hex head to depress the retaining pin. Problem is, the cylinder will NOT turn at all. This is why I am trying to replace it. How do I get the old cylinder out? Is it safe to drill this thing out? I am wondering if I drill the tumblers out will it 'unlock'?
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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 AT 3:41 PM
Tiny
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I too have a 95 S/10 with the same issue. Left me and my 5 yr old stranded at the house this morning. I have dropped everything as described by the Haynes and Chilton's manual. I have a new lock cylinder since it was only $14.99. Problem is, it requires the old lock be turned to the 'Start' position to be able to insert the 1/16th inch hex head to depress the retaining pin. Problem is, the cylinder will NOT turn at all. This is why I am trying to replace it. How do I get the old cylinder out? Is it safe to drill this thing out? I am wondering if I drill the tumblers out will it 'unlock'?[/Quote:ed34e13a6a]

Destroyed a few bits but finally drilled it out. Once I did, I was able to remove the old cylinder and replace it.
All is good now.
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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 AT 10:18 AM

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