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Broken ignition lock cylinder in a 1999 Contour. How do I remove it?

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I have a broken ignition lock cylinder in a 1999 Contour. How do I remove it?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 6 years ago.

Are you able to start the engine with the way that the ignition lock cylinder is?

If not, can you at least turn it to the on position?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No I can not start the car or turn the lock.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 6 years ago.
What size engine do you have?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It is a 4 cylinder. I think I found the retaining pin hole on top of the housing.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 6 years ago.
You can try pushing that.. but I believe the lock cylinder hosing needs to turn to either the AC or to the ON position while you push this pin and then it will pop right out.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Turning to the on or start is the problem. What if I turn it the other direction?
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 6 years ago.
The directions say to Turn the key to position I (ACC) and then press the retaining pin in order to remove it.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I can't turn it far enough.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 6 years ago.
If it does not turn, you will need to drill it out until you can turn it enough.

Now... be careful not to drill too far in... the important thing is to drill out or wide. You will need ot start small and work your way up. It is a long process, but it will work. You will need to get some fat drill bits and basically drill out until it is gone.. The remainder of the housing will then be able to turn.
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