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Old October 5th, 2013, 09:33 PM
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Ignition steer Lock removal

my RHD 88 D90 V8 ignition switch died. Been working on removal and wondering how much under dash as to be removed? Steering column bottom removed. To still in place. Can barely see a bolt on top of the unit. Any sources for a new one in the US?

And I was just about to take it for a test drive after working on it all day doing tid bit upgrades
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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The lock has to be removed with force. There's a lower clamp that secures the switch assembly to the steering column using two bolts that thread in from the bottom. The heads of the bolts are designed to shear off after a specific amount of torque as a safety feature, so there's no easy way to remove them.

The good news is both the switch and the clamp are made of cast aluminum, and neither are particularly strong. The bad news is you're probably going to need to drop the lower dash to gain any real amount of access to the switch. On a LHD truck you can just pop the lower corner off, but your steering wheel is on the wrong side. I've been able to break the clamp using a hammer and a chisel, or you can drill the bolt heads out after you've removed the lower dash. Both are fairly easy and more time-consuming than anything.

I think I have a new switch at my shop...I'll take a look for you tomorrow.

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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Easyout is your friend for getting the 2 bolts out.

Only took 15 mins or so with the proper tools when I did mine
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On the bottom "yoke" of the steering lock you will see 2 "round things", one on each side of the yoke and somewhat recessed. You are looking at the remains of a shear bolt. In the center of them is a nipple. IF you have a Dremel tool with the 1" cutter wheels you can slice a cut in these deep & wide enough to get a flat bladed screw driver on them & then un-screw them. Another way takes 2 punches, 1 a center punch the other a flat (1/8") drive punch. This method entails making a dent on the perimeter of the bolt with the center punch and then using the drive punch at an angle to tap the head off by using it at an angle to loosen the bolt. This method takes a lot of patience as the bolt will only move slightly at first.
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easy outs did it in 10 mins. Spent more than 2 hours taking the steering column plastic out. Gonna replace with a simple ignition switch and not worry about a steering lock.
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Am I the only one that just takes out the 2 small screws that hold the ignition switch using a jewelers screwdriver and leave everything else in place? I've done it this way a few times with success.
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