1995 Dodge Stealth Ignition lock and tumbler replacement

Tiny
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  • 1995 DODGE STEALTH
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 98,000 MILES
So I lost my car keys so I called the locksmith and he couldnt do anything so I ordered a new igntion lock. I started work today I got the steering wheel off, the knee guard, etc and im basically down to just the steering column and the igntion lock and im stuck. I can not figure out how to get my old one out and put my new one in. If you want to see pictures I can take them for you just let me know.
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 2:20 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you is your model just the Stealth or the RT or RT Turbo? Also can you give me your engine size in liter?

Next, I have attached what we have on removal of just the Stealth model. Many times you have to have a key in to turn and remove. Others, there is a lock pin you depress and it comes out. Yes please send a pic if you can't find a lock pin to depress.

IGNITION SWITCH
Remove knee protector. Remove upper and lower steering column covers. Remove lap cooler duct and foot shower duct. Remove key reminder switch. SeeFig. 1 . Remove ignition switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_F1_6.jpg

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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Hey Thanks a lot for the help! Nope its no the RT its the base model. Automatic v6 3.0L. Ya thats what I was afraid of having to have the key in the ignition since the locksmith couldnt make one. Here is a few pictures of where im at.
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 12:53 PM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/364042_pic12_1.jpg




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/364042_pic13_1.jpg



and here is my new tumbler


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/364042_pic14_1.jpg

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 1:13 PM
Tiny
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Okay - thanks for getting back with me. I have attached your pic with a red circle. Does that depress at all? This may be what I am talking about. Look how this slides in and then look around for a hole. If there is one and this depresses. Then use a fine pick or nail and depress and then find a way to pull the lock out. Then slide the other in.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture1_75.jpg



Will wait to hear from you to see if that depresses or not or something on the column pulls away from it to allow it to slide out.
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 3:58 PM
Tiny
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Okay after playing around with my new ignition I found out that does depress but only with the key in the acc position and I dont have a key. Just what I was afraid of. Any way around this? If needed I guess I can be kind of rough with the old ignition since im never gonna use it again after I take it out.
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Well, some of the ignition removals actually have you drill the inside. They have with key and able to turn and without key or unable to turn. So you drill the inside out so the tumblers are free and it is able to turn. I would use a small drill and go slow and step up my bits. The only other way is to get a key made from the dealer with the VIN number. They should be able to do that. Have you checked that out?

I would first check with the dealer/parts department. They usually need the VIN and proof it is your car. They look up the VIN. And the key is cut.

Then I would do the drill if the above is no good.

Let me know what you find out.
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 10:24 PM
Tiny
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So I looked into calling the dealership and getting a key cut that was a possibility however my ignition wasnt the stock ignition (Thats why my locksmith couldnt cut a key.) So I used a drill drilled out my tumblers the lock turned I pulled it out and slid the new one in. Thanks a lot for the help! Ill use you guys again in the future!
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 9:08 AM
Tiny
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Hello -

That is fantastic you have it fixed. Glad we could help.

Also, it looks like you may have a recall on your vehicle. The dealer may fix this for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on this to see if it applies to you.

NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 02V143002
Model(s): 1991 Dodge Stealth; 1992 Dodge Stealth; 1993 Dodge Stealth; 1994 Dodge Stealth; 1995 Dodge Stealth; 1996 Dodge Stealth
Mfg. Campaign No: 02V143002
Number of Affected Vehicles: 00000900
Related Ref Number(s): 02V143002
ARTICLE BEGINNING
DEFECT SUMMARY
On certain passenger vehicles built by Mitsubishi Motor Corporation for DaimlerChrysler, a condition exists that allows oil to leak from the all-wheel drive transfer case.
CONSEQUENCE SUMMARY
Low oil levels in the transfer case could cause bearing damage and result in drive train lockup, increasing the risk of a crash.
CORRECTIVE SUMMARY
A proposed remedy and owner notification schedule has not yet been provided.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time. For more information call (800) 424-9393 or (202) 366-0123. For the hearing impaired, call (800) 424-9153.
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Friday, June 19th, 2009 AT 10:10 PM

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