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How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from a 2001 ...

Customer Question

How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from a 2001 Chevy Silverado?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Carhelp4u replied 9 years ago.

Does the key turn to the on position?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to carhelp4uhere's Post: Yes, it is becoming hard to get the key in so I already have a new cylinder keyed to my existing lock and I can't find any good step-by-step for getting the old one out to put the new one in.
Expert:  Carhelp4u replied 9 years ago.

Ok here is how to replace it. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disable the SIR system. (this is done by simply removing the AIR BAG fuse)
  3. Lower the hush and knee bolster.
  4. Remove the steering column trim covers.
  5. With the key installed, turn the key to the RUN position.
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  6. Install an allen wrench into the hole on top of the lock cylinder housing.

    Push down on the allen wrench to release the tab on the lock cylinder inside the lock cylinder housing.


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  7. Slide the lock cylinder out of the lock cylinder housing.


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  1. Install the key into the lock cylinder.

    Important: The gears between the ignition switch and the lock cylinder housing must be in the correct position. Failure to do so will cause a misalignment of the gears in the ignition switch and the lock cylinder housing, which may result in a NO START or BATTERY DRAIN.

  2. Use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear clockwise to the start position - allowing it to spring return into the RUN position.
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  3. Align the lock cylinder and install into the lock cylinder housing.
  4. Install the steering column trim covers.
  5. Install the hush and knee bolster.
  6. Enable the SIR system.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.