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Old 03-10-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default removing an ignition cylinder on a 1997 a4 quattro

can anyone point me in the direction of replacing an ignition cylinder.. i am pretty good with cars and was hoping to find a cheaper way to do this.. i bought a new cylinder and key for a 1997 audi a-4 2.8 quattro.-- a local locksmith wants 250$ to swap it out.... please help
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Did you check the Tech Section? Pretty sure there is a write-up there.
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I did the same on my 96 A4. Bought a new cylinder and just carried the new key and the key fob. Here's what Bentley told me to do. It never worked, so I finally drilled a small hole through the cylinder where the latch is that's supposed to release. Worked great. If you mangle the lock, who cares?

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I should add, if you have to do my drill hole technique, all you need is a small hole to push on the little lever that's locking the cylinder in place. If you do it right (and it's not too hard) you'll leave that housing in place so that the new cylinder will catch the same part of that casting.
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That's the way I do it. Drill, baby, drill.

mtrox, I see you tried to PM me. My mailbox is full. I hate the AW PM system and miss the KAWF system where everyone had visible email addresses. If you (or anyone else) wants to contact me, tmullaneATgmail gets it done. Thnx.
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mtrox, I see you tried to PM me. My mailbox is full.
Yea I did. Take a look at my post here please. Wondering if my incorrect knock sensors are causing my problem.

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There was a recall on Ignition Switch. Had mine replaced 3 years ago for free. I live in Canada but, should also apply to states.

http://www.arfc.org/autos/audi/a4/re...13/recall.aspx
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Responded. You need a TBA. :-)
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Did you check the Tech Section? Pretty sure there is a write-up there.
i didnt see anything specific but thanks anyway
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