Ignition Cylinder Repair Completed on 1990 Camry DX 4 cyl with tilt steering column.
Grind down an allen wrench to poke into the release hole. The tool can be made from 1/16 allen key by cutting a short leg to 1/4 inch to reach between the bracket (tilt column) and lock holder to push the stopper.
Unless you are a contortionist, it is worth the effort to remove the seat.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
There is No Need to remove the lower column plastic. (It's a real pain, has 6 screws, only 4 accessible without dropping the dash.)
I did not unfasten the ignition switch connector under the instrument panel.
Turn the lock cylinder to the ACC position with the ignition key.
Work through the bottom opening in lower column cover where the tilt levers are.
Withdraw the lock cylinder from the lock housing while depressing the stop tab with the modified allen wrench through the poke hole.
Don't buy a new cylinder - have a locksmith fix the old one. (New ones may not fit even if it looks identical)
I brought the cylinder to a locksmith and he charged me $25 total to fix it.
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 AT 3:34 AM