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Old 06-07-2012, 01:56 PM
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Need Some Guidance on Changing Ignition Lock Cylinder

Hey Everyone,

Brand new to the forum, just bought myself a 1990 YJ yesterday. I have been browsing the forum for a few days now and I have found a lot of great info but I cant quite find the answer I'm looking for so here is my question:

Can anyone provide me with a quick step by step instruction on how to switch the ignition lock cylinder on my YJ. I get that I am probably going to have to take the steering column apart but I do not know how to do it, or what to do to actually switch the cylinder out.

Thanks for any info you guys can provide me!

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Go to like autzone and rent the steering wheel pulley....
Next unbolt the steering wheel and take it off, you will be using the pulley to take out some big washer like things. Keep pulling everything out from the steering wheel column incuding the top cover that covers the column right behind the steering wheel. You stop when you get to some plastic covers, that you should take off to be able to have access to the lock cylinder, remember the lever on the right side of the steering column, that is used to pull down and insert the new cylinder all the way through and well also for taking the key out. It took me time to figure all that out, and to put back on. I hope this helps in some sort of way.

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BTW I also bought a 1990 Yj and love it, maybe cause its my first jeep and 4x4 vehicle.

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Hey Everyone,

Brand new to the forum, just bought myself a 1990 YJ yesterday. I have been browsing the forum for a few days now and I have found a lot of great info but I cant quite find the answer I'm looking for so here is my question:

Can anyone provide me with a quick step by step instruction on how to switch the ignition lock cylinder on my YJ. I get that I am probably going to have to take the steering column apart but I do not know how to do it, or what to do to actually switch the cylinder out.

Thanks for any info you guys can provide me!

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Old 06-07-2012, 04:42 PM
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BTW I also bought a 1990 Yj and love it, maybe cause its my first jeep and 4x4 vehicle.
Thanks very much for all the info! That helps me out a ton. Nice to hear of a fellow 1990-er. Haha mine is my first Jeep 4x4 as well. Enjoy your ride!
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1990 uses a GM colum, what joseb011 says makes no sense on a GM colum....

How to replace the ignition lock on GM, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac Saginaw steering columns



If you ignore the baby Heuey from the narrator, you have a decent step by step....



I did this on my '90 a month ago, its pretty easy, so dont get frustrated, and take it slowly.
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[QUOTE=2xs;2449666]"1990 uses a GM colum, what joseb011 says makes no sense on a GM colum"....
The way joseb011 is the way I had to take mine out also for what ever reason there is no retaining bolt on mine.
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I called the autozone store near me since I have to do this and they rent/loan the tools needed for free--you can get both the steering wheel puller and the steering wheel lock plate remover for a $43 deposit, which is returned to you when you return the tools. That is about how much they cost online if you buy them! I guess they think you will also buy some other tools, and this is usually a one time usage.
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I've cracked into my '88 and my '92. You need the puller and the spring compressor.

It's easy work, but time consuming and kinda detailed. Get a few trays and lay the parts out carefully and keep track of how they go back together. Go slow there are a lot of tiny little pieces in there. Luckily the key cylinder isn't too far into the column.

Search for jeep and/or GM steering column assembly videos/write ups. There are some good one out there.

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