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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. To extract the ignition key cylinder/barrel, first, the key needs to be in the ACC position. With a strong & thin piece of wire or metal rod, insert it into the hole at the bottom of the ignition lock body. The wire or rod will move a retainer catch so the barrel pulls out. If you cannot get the key to ACC, take a Dremel Moto tool and fit a flat cutting wheel. Locate the two things that resemble bolt heads on the side of the ignition lock assembly. Using the cutoff wheel. grind a straight line into the head of the bolt. Make it deep enough so you can fit a straight blade screwdriver into the slot you are cutting into the bolt head. Then insert the screwdriver into the slot and unscrew the bolt counterclockwise. The bolt heads are actually part of the threaded part of the bolt. The heads break off when tightened properly. The cutting of a sufficient grove into the bolts will allow you to remove the two bolts; they are not in there very tight. Failing having a Motor tool. a small chisle will loosen the bolts by tapping on the 'head' and forcing it counter clockwise.
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You won't see bolt heads. You will see 2 rounded metal nubs that holds a u shaped bracket to the back of the ignition lock assembly You cut a groove in the rounded nubs. The nubs are what you would chisel on if you don't have a moto tool. These are what they call break away bolts. The heads break off leaving the nubs.
The part of the ignition lock that is closest to the key is one unit. The part that wraps around the steering column is the other part of the unit. The entire unit is designed to be removed if it fails. The part that faces away form the ignition key, a u shaped bracket of sorts, is held on by break away bolts. The lock is designed to nbe removed without taking the steering column off. If it was one single piece, you could never slide it off of the column if it was removed from the vehicle. Look again, at the side of the unit specifically the side that is to the left of the steering column. Better yet, take a picture of it and upload it here.