Tuesday, November 4, 2014

GM Models Ignition Tip

With a little patience and practice, any locksmith technician, beginner or not, can remove a mid 90's GM ignition cylinders without investing in some of the drill rigs or pick sets that are offered by many vendors in order to get the job done. In order to do so, I have composed a simple process involve few easy steps. First, the trim ring or bezel would have to be removed from around the ignition cylinder. This ring should come off fairly easy with just a little praying. Next step would be to remove the Torx screws that hold the bottom of the shroud on and then swing it off of the rear clips. At the 9 o'clock position when looking at the key-way there will be a small gap visible. Using an old pick or piece of spring steel, slide it into the gap. This will be used as a tension tool in order to put pressure of the lock's sidebar.

Now rake the wafers with a pick while putting tension on the sidebar. It is something that can be felt once the sidebar is depresses all the way. Now use a small screw driver in the key-way to begin turning the switch to the "On" position. While this is done the "tension" tool would have to be removed. Finally, either the upper shroud can be removed in order to depress the retainer and free the lock for making a key, or a tool such as Tech Train's cylinder retainer depressing tool can be used to do that as well. The code is stamped on the lock cylinder and should be visible. Once the first key is made, replace everything back and snap the trim ring as well over the face of the ignition. With a little practice, this job can be done in 15- 20 minutes.

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