1998 Ford F-150 ignition

  • 1998 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • 125,000 MILES
I lost the keys to my ford 150 pickup truck.I have a new ignition switch with keys that needs to be put in. My husband has never changed one out that has a airbag in the steering wheel. Is there a special tool that deals with that.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2008 AT 4:17 PM

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Removal (Without Key)
1. Use this procedure to remove ignition lock cylinder if key is missing or cylinder lock is frozen. Disconnect battery negative cable. Disconnect positive battery cable. Wait one minute (3 on Villager) to deplete air bag backup power supply. Remove steering wheel.
Remove upper and lower steering column shrouds. Disconnect key warning switch electrical connector. Use a 1/8" (3.17 mm) drill bit to drill out retaining pin. DO NOT drill deeper than 1/2" (12.7 mm). 2. On Econoline Van, grasp lock cylinder cap with vise grips and twist off lock cylinder cap. On all other models, place a chisel at base of lock cylinder cap. Using hammer, strike chisel with sharp blows to break cap away from lock cylinder. On all models, use 3/8" (9.52 mm) drill bit to drill out center of lock cylinder key slot. Drill down approximately 1 3/4" (44 mm) until lock cylinder breaks away from base of lock cylinder. 3. Remove metal shavings from lock cylinder housing. Remove bearing retainer, bearing and ignition drive gear from lock cylinder. Thoroughly clean all metal shavings and other foreign materials from housing. Carefully inspect housing for damage. If damage is apparent, replace housing.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2008 AT 4:32 PM

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