How to Remove a Honda Civic Ignition Tumbler

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Removing the Honda Civic's ignition tumbler is an extremely difficult task. Weekend mechanics are forced to deal with all of the security mechanisms that the car manufacturers put into place, which increases the time needed to complete the project. However, with information and free time necessary to finish the assignment, removing a Honda Civic ignition tumbler can be done without having to pay a repair shop the out-of-pocket expense.

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Things you need

  • Center-punch tool
  • Drill with a 3/16-inch bit
  • Screw extractor

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  1. 1

    Disable the electrical system. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Loosen the clamp on the black cable, then take it off of the terminal. Let it sit for five minutes to make certain the electrical systems are no longer receiving power.

  2. 2

    Shift the steering column to its lowest position. Take off the lower cover of the dashboard and remove the steering column cover by removing the two fasteners by turning them clockwise. Take out the retaining screws to remove the steering column cover.

  3. 3

    Detach the electrical connector in the back of the ignition switch, Take off all mounting screws in the front. Remove the switch.

  4. 4

    Remove the key lock cylinder by unplugging the three electrical connectors. Disconnect the connectors from the immobiliser control unit. The connector for the ignition switch must be unplugged.

  5. 5

    Use a centre-punch tool to make an indentation in the cover on the shear-head bolts holding the cylinder in place. Utilise the drill with a 3/16-inch bit to carefully drill a hole into the centre of the bolts. Take out the exposed bolts by using a screw extractor. Take out the lock cylinder and ignition tumbler.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that you get the antitheft code for the car radio out of your owner's manual. If you fail to input this code once you've reconnected battery, your radio won't operate.

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