post #1 of Old 11-13-2012, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Having Trouble Getting the Lock Cylinder Out

I have a 1983 CJ7 that I'm trying to replace the lock cylinder on. I do not have the keys. I have the steering wheel taken apart and only had a little trouble with the snap ring, but I finally got it off. Now I can't get the cylinder to pop out. I've searched the forums and read several really good tutorials. I don't see a screw, so I'm pretty sure that I have the tab type cylinder. I've stuck a small screwdriver in the slot and poked and wiggled it around in there, but no luck.

Anyone have any tips for getting this thing out? I figured this would be a pretty straightforward job, but it's taking a lot longer than I expected!

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post #2 of Old 11-13-2012, 07:23 AM
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Did u pull up the turn signal cam? The lock acrew is under it. There are links to do this. Google it.
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post #3 of Old 11-13-2012, 07:25 AM
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I'm pretty sure you're dead in the water. You do need the key to turn the cylinder to the "on" position to remove it. This makes sense really considering it's an antitheft device.

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post #4 of Old 11-13-2012, 11:30 PM
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You may not have the right hole!!!! was doing all that for 5 minutes before I realised there was a hole more to the left. You will have to wiggle the cylinder to get it out if it is locked.

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post #5 of Old 11-16-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies guys! The attached pic shows what I'm looking at. I'm going to give it another try tomorrow and I think I'll try a smaller screwdriver this time. Maybe I'm not getting far enough in the hole to depress the tab....
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