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EA81 Lock Cylinder Removal, picture included

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#1 hooziewhatsit


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Posted 10 September 2006 - 07:54 PM

Does anyone know how to remove the lock cylinder from an '82 (I think), EA81 wagon, with tilt wheel?

The key won't turn over at all. Right now, we just want the lock cylinder off so we can undo the steering lock to move it. We're trying to decide if we want to keep the car, so we're not going to pay for a locksmith to come look at it.

In the picture linked below, the red circles are the tamper proof bolts, I believe. I think I read these can either be drilled out, or maybe carefully threaded out.

The blue circles however, appear to come from the back of the steering column into the lock cylinder. I presume they have to be removed also? There are 4 total, 2 on each side. I have the dash partially apart, and it looks like those 4 will be semi-difficult to remove.


So, I guess I have to figure out how to remove the 4 bolts, in addition to the two tamper proof ones? Any other bolts I'm not seeing that also need removed? Any other tips?


#2 GLCraig



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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:03 PM

If you take off the stearing wheel and turnsingle switch, you will only need to take out the 4 bolts circled in blue.

#3 GeneralDisorder


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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:15 PM

Unfortunately, on the EA81, the lock will still not come off as the column lock is engaged. You will have to get it to turn - basically you can destroy the cylinder and it should turn - pound a very strong flat bladded screw driver into the lock and you should be able to smash all the tumblers and turn the screwdriver either by hand or with a pair of vice grips.

Those 4 bolts will come out easily with a pair of needle nose pliers - I prefer to start with vice grips, and finish with a regular pair once they are loose. Still the column lock has to be dealt with - it goes through the column and into a square hole in the steering shaft.


#4 hooziewhatsit


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 10:48 AM

thanks for the replies guys, I'll have to leave it to my parents/brother to do the dissassembly. It's nice knowing exactly what needs to be done before tearing into it.


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