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Old 13 Jul 2009, 12:08 am
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I replaced the ignition lock cylinder on my 2001 yesterday. It took about 10 minutes, before breakfast.

Here's the process from the factory service manual, with some annotations. It is not necessary to remove the steering wheel. It requires having a serviceable key and the lock cylinder has to be capable of being manipulated into the RUN position.

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REMOVAL
(1) Disconnect negative battery cable.
(2) Place key cylinder in RUN position. [This took some manipulating due to the cylinder's condition.] Through the hole in the lower shroud, depress lock cylinder retaining tab and remove key cylinder. [I used a No. 2 square drive screwdriver.]

INSTALLATION
(1) Install key in lock cylinder. Turn key to run position (retaining tab on lock cylinder can be depressed). [As simple as it sounds.]
(2) The shaft at the end of the lock cylinder aligns with the end of the housing. To align the socket with the lock cylinder, ensure the socket is in the run position. [The socket is the place in the steering column that the cylinder fits into. If you didn't disturb the electrical part of the assembly, it is already aligned.]
(3) Align the lock cylinder with the grooves in the housing. Slide the lock cylinder into the housing until the tab sticks through the opening of the housing. [Actually, you will feel the -snap- as it engages.]
(4) Turn key to the OFF position. Remove the key.
(5) Connect negative terminal to battery.
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It's on page 8D-11 of the factory manual. It's way simpler than it seems like it should be. The last time I did this, it was on a 1993 Saturn SW2, and it took two hours. And required removing the steering wheel. The worst part was $157 for the new cylinder for the PT, keyed to match, at the dealer. Beats getting stuck not starting at 115F outside. Or the price of a tow.
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Old 20 May 2010, 08:58 pm
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Default Re: Replacing Ignition Lock Cylinder--Done

10 mins? that's all it took? my so called mechanic friend did my ignition lock cylinder for 40 mins. lol.. nice write up. Could've been better if coupled with pictures.

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Would have taken 1/2 hour to find the camera. Then it was mostly done by feel.
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