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requesting ea81 ignition lock *removal* how to

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#1 Guest_subu luvr_*

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 01:17 PM

saw one destroyed in the yard so i didnt get a chance to study it.
rather know how before i tinker with mine....

key is removed, lock is in the run position.
terrified it will lock the steering one day.
must fix.

also seeking replacement parts, cylinder/key or entire casting

merci !



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Posted 17 September 2003 - 01:43 PM

I just ruined two to learn the right way, I tried to take the lock mech out of the unit but it fell apart in my hands.

Here's what I did, the third time.
:banghead: :-\ :eh: :confused: :( :mad: :madder:

Remove the steering wheel, the insturment panel surround, the steering column cover, remove the combination switch, unhook the cables for the tilt wheel, remove 4 10mm bolts holding the lock unit to the column.

Reverse order for installation.

#3 GeneralDisorder


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Posted 17 September 2003 - 02:29 PM

You need to tell us which type of lock you have. There's a tilt lock, and a non-tilt lock. They are completely different.


#4 Guest_subu luvr_*

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 02:34 PM

four 10 mm bolts? pfffft, NOTHING is that simple. LOL

i have the tilt version


#5 Sweet82


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Posted 17 September 2003 - 04:35 PM

If you have the key out and you have a good key (not broken in the ignition), you could try working the very last pin (deepest) in the lock. This should be the retaining (keeper) pin and removing this will allow the lock to come out of the cylinder.

You should only need to move it around 1/16th to release it.

Remove the lock slowly so pieces don't go shooting off in the distance. Even if this happens, it's not the end of the world. Insert your key in the lock once it's out to keep everything together.

Once out you can use a screwdriver to turn off the ignition. With the ignition off you should be able to insert your key and carefully reinstall it in the cylinder.

While its out you could look to see which pin/disk is scratched and hanging up the lock. This pin/disk can be removed along with the spring and it won't make any difference in your lock!

Picks would help, but an allen wrench filed will work just fine.

82 Hatch, transforming......:temper:
01 Forester, jealous.......... :madder:

#6 Guest_subu luvr_*

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 04:58 PM

excellent info, i will be pickin and hopefully grinning shortly

thank you!

still lookin for key/cylinder combo or more....

#7 mcbrat


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Posted 17 September 2003 - 08:30 PM

I'll be doing the same as my 82 Brat now has a gunked up lock as well....

#8 ShawnW


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Posted 17 September 2003 - 09:53 PM

Use a thin ignition wrench to turn the 10mm bolts as the gap between their heads and the tilting portion of the column is very tight. Patience you can unthread them.
Were talking a 3" long very very thin wrench with an open and closed end (Combo).

#9 Guest_subu luvr_*

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:47 PM

i have the wrench, and the patience.....

parts anyone?

#10 mcbrat


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Posted 18 September 2003 - 09:28 AM

I actually got mine working again. kept playing with it since I didn't want to take the lock off, and it started working again!!!

#11 Guest_subu luvr_*

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:04 AM

oh, great.

a teaser, eh? yours works, so mine *should* also :P

i will entertain no such hope here, what are the chances?


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#12 Twowagons


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Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:26 AM

There must be a lock Gremlin :mad: going around the country because mine froze the other day !!!

#13 North Ursalia

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:38 AM

The lock blew out on my 84 back in the day (key would come right out) and this 85 is broken too. I have a brand new lock as well as a used one... the used one has no key though. The keycode is in the box, but of course 1 of the 3 pieces I need to cut the key we don't have here at the dealership :(.

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