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How to Change the Ignition Cylinder Lock on a Ford Taurus

by Alibaster Smith

The ignition cylinder lock is a device found on older Ford Taurus vehicles before Ford started using electronically chipped keys. The cylinder lock helps to keep the ignition cylinder locked in the dash so that it cannot be easily removed without special tools. Unfortunately, over time, the Taurus's ignition cylinder has been known to fail. The tumbler mechanism in the cylinder, which allows you to turn the ignition key, can wear down or jam. This will prevent you from starting the engine. At this point, the only thing you can do is replace the ignition cylinder lock.

Step 1

Insert the pin punch into the pin access hole directly underneath the ignition cylinder.

Step 2

Push the pin all the way into the pin hole.

Step 3

Wedge a flat head screwdriver behind the ignition cylinder and pry the ignition cylinder out.

Insert a new ignition cylinder. Press the cylinder lock into the steering column until you hear it click. Turn the ignition key to the "II" position to confirm that the cylinder lock if functioning normally.

Items you will need

  • 1/8" pin punch
  • Flat head screwdriver

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