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Old 09-02-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Ignition Cylinder Fix Question

So here's my situation and my question. I've got a 2000 zts, and my ignition cylinder is on it's way out, again. At least this time it's giving me some warning.

Since, I can still turn the key to the Accessory position, with some jiggling, can I remove the ignition cylinder without drilling, and then remove the tumblers and reassemble everything without any problems? I know this will mean that any key (or any thing for that matter) will now be able to turn my ignition cylinder, but only a key mated to the car will be able to both turn the cylinder AND start the engine, no?

Am I missing something or is this not the quickest, easiest (albeit least secure) method of permanently fixing this problem? Any help would be greatly apprecieated. Thanks to this forum I've got some good instructions on how to remove the cylinder, but no idea how to get the tumblers out once that's done or will that be self evident once I've got the cylinder in my hands. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.


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Old 09-02-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Everything you need to know is in the thread below.
There is IC removal instructions and who to PM to get an IC cut to your key for cheap.

This guy will get you the new style that shouldn't have the IC lockup issue.

Get that thing replaced before you have to drill because it's no fun.

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Those were helpful, but....

Thanks for the reply. I read that thread and followed all the links in it, that's what led me to this question. The root of my question is whether or not it's possible to move to a tumblerless ignition cylinder. Replacing what I have with a new and improved one makes sense and there are plenty of posts and digrams explaining how to do it. What I'm wondering is whether or not I can take out the cylinder I have, remove the tumblers (which is where the problems lie, right) and then replace the tumblerless cylinder.

I recognize that if I do this anything from a screwdriver to a quarter will be able to be used to turn the cylinder. But I'm assuming that without a key electronically mated to the car, the car will still not be able to be started. Am I wrong? And, are there any problems, other than this security issue, that will be created by going to to a tumblerless ignition cylinder?
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:04 PM   #4
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The only problem with your theory is if you (or someone) tried to turn the cylinder without using the key, the car would register a theft code and go into lockdown. It would then disable the car for a while. I asked one of our techs here about this. B16sir1991 should be here soon to help clarify this.
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i pulled all my tumblers and have used the wrong keys a couple time but didnt hae it go into lock-down. just make sure you have the origional key cause andy ford will turn it but only a programed key will start it.
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I just picked up an IC from my local dealer. I am looking at the instructions now. I am assuming I just do the complete assembly minus lining up the tumblers and this should work fine with my existing key?
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yup.
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