Replace my tumbler, it is locked

Tiny
JESSC71605
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 133,000 MILES
I need to replace my tumbler, it is locked. The key will not turn at all, how can I remove it to replace it? I have the part, I only know how to remove it when you can turn the key to acc.
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Thursday, September 16th, 2010 AT 6:30 AM

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Tiny
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Check the diagrams below the remove procedure

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.


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Turn the ignition lock cylinder (1) to the RUN position.


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Push the locking button (2) on the rear of the housing assembly (1).
Remove the ignition lock cylinder by pulling outward from the steering column.


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Disconnect the electrical connector (3) from the ignition lock cylinder (1).

Also read the guide below, it will help you get this done

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/ignition-switch-wont-turn-stuck

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Thursday, September 16th, 2010 AT 6:46 AM
Tiny
JESSC71605
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I can not turn the cylinder at all, that is my problem, it wont go to acc. Or run. So I get stuck on part 3 of removal. So I can not push the locking button to remove.
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Thursday, September 16th, 2010 AT 6:58 AM
Tiny
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Just to jump in on this, if the key will not turn the cylinder at all for you to be able to remove the cylinder, then the only solution is to drill out the cylinder.

If you drill it out, you will be able to rotate the cylinder with a screwdriver or even just your hand as there will not be anything holding it in place.

Also, here is a guide that talks about this issue, and I would suggest running through this and nothing works, you will have to drill it out:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/ignition-switch-wont-turn-stuck

Let me know if you have questions on how to do this.

Thanks
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