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Old 08-02-2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default How to remove ignition key cylinder?

So, since my ignition key cylinder broke, I have been trying to figure out how in the world I am to remove the ignition cylinder from the dashboard! If anyone can tell me how I would greatly appreciate it. I purchased a new cylinder, and keyset, and now I just have to put it in so I can get my radio back and dont have to start my car with a screwdriver.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I searched, but all I can find is replacing the electrical part of the ignition switch, and not the key/tumblers/cylinder
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to remove ignition key cylinder?

I just did this last weekend, really easy.
Remove the lower dash piece under the steering column. Remove the cover around the steering column (2 screws), you will see 2 screws holding the instrument cluster in place, remove and pull out cluster, disconnect wiring. You will now be able to see the top of the cylinder.
On the left and right you should see red paint covering 2 flat head type screws holding the cylinder in place, use a small screw driver to loosen the screw and the cylinder will slide out. Disconnect, replace, reverse the process. 10 mins max.
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That's for the electronic portion only.
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Default Look at the new cylinder.

Does it have a little spring tab on the side to lock it in? (I have no idea what year and model you have). If it has the tab, you'll need to locate the spot on the aluminum housing in the car where that tab should be on the old switch. Drill a 1/8 hole in the aluminum and use a small screw driver to depress the tab. Pop the cylinder out.
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Default Um yeah. I really don't like those setups.

What does this have to do with the lock cylinder?
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:12 AM   #9
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Default An ignition switch is $30 and can be replaced several times in the time it...

...takes for that mod.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:55 AM   #11
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How do I get that aluminum housing out??? Thats my biggest problem.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:42 AM   #12
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Default if the only thing that is broken is the electrical piece...

then you're right, but if the end of the ignition cylinder that actually turns the electrical portion of the switch snaps off (which is what happened in my case and has in many others' as well) then you have to replace the entire lock cylinder and housing which is a whole other (and more expensive!) proposition. I'd rather have re-wired my ignition switch and kept my ignition lock (which is what I accomplished here) than spend a couple hundred bux on a new part. I planned on using black plastic or polished sheetmetal, but what you see there is actually a cannibalized cd jewel box cover!

To each his own.
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Aluminum hosing stays in the car.
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So I have to drill the housing while it is inside the car? There is barely enough room!
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Default Bentleys procedure

Bentleys has you remove the instrument cluster, the steering wheel, the steering shaft and the auto trans interlock cable (if auto). Then there is a steering lock housing mounting screw (torx T-30) under a small cap to the right of the steering column tube. Next you remove the steering column tube retaining nuts (4) and remove the steering column tube assembly. The lock assembly will come out with it. Next are some detailed instructions on drilling a small hole in a specified location to remove the lock cylinder. Air bag issues may also come into play. Good luck getting Audi to match the cylinder to your current key. Get somebody to fax you the specific instructions for your year model. I've done all that except remove the steering column tube and cylinder, and auto interlock. Not too bad a job, but any interior work is a killer on the old back.
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Old 08-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #17
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Default Thanks to everyone who posted!!!

I finally found out how to do it by a combination of everyone's help AND my messed up Bently manual. It still took like 3 hours because the cheap parts didn't line up correctly and prevented the steering lock from working correctly.

And just for anyone who might be searching for this... In the Bently manual, the "Steering" section (48) shows how to remove the steering wheel, but it is the "Electrical System - Exterior" (94) section which has how to remove the ignition electrical switch, the steering lock housing, and the ignition lock cylinder.
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