The ignition cylinder in your vehicle is what makes starting your engine possible, and also prevents anyone from starting your car without the correct key. In some cases you may need to remove an ignition cylinder with having the key. This is a step-by-step guide to this process, but for most your best option is to call a professional and certified locksmith. Removing an ignition cylinder without a key can be a tricky process, but it is possible with the right tools and techniques.
WARNING: Before attempting to remove the ignition cylinder, it is important to understand that this process should only be done on your own vehicle, and not on someone else’s. Making sure you follow all state and federal laws. In the case that you’d like to try this process yourself, here’s a few pointers.
Here are the steps to remove an ignition cylinder without a key:
1. Disconnect the battery
The first step is to disconnect the battery to avoid any electrical mishaps. Remove the negative battery cable from the battery post using a wrench.
2. Remove the steering wheel
The steering wheel needs to be removed to access the ignition cylinder. Remove the screws or bolts that hold the steering wheel cover in place, and then remove the cover.
3. Remove the ignition switch
Next, remove the screws or bolts that hold the ignition switch in place. Once the ignition switch is removed, the ignition cylinder should be exposed.
4. Drill out the ignition cylinder
To remove the ignition cylinder, it needs to be drilled out. Use a drill bit that is slightly larger than the key slot in the cylinder. Drill straight into the center of the key slot until the cylinder comes loose.
5. Remove the ignition cylinder
Use pliers or a screwdriver to remove the ignition cylinder once it is loose.
It is important to note that removing the ignition cylinder without a key can be a difficult and time-consuming process, and should only be attempted by experienced professionals or those with advanced mechanical skills.
If you are unable to remove the ignition cylinder yourself, it is best to call a qualified locksmith like J & L Pacific Locksmith. They have the skills and tools necessary to remove the ignition cylinder safely and efficiently, without causing any damage to your vehicle. Give them a call for fast and reliable service.