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How to remove the ignition switch without a key

Updated February 21, 2017

The ignition switch is an often-overlooked but essential part of nearly any automobile. These switches are located just to the side of the steering wheel and column on your dashboard, and are one of the main components in your car's starter system. If the switch is not working, you will likely have to remove and replace it. You can do this with a set of simple tools like a screwdriver.

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Turn on your power drill and use your drill bit to make a hold in the key slot of the ignition cylinder. Be sure to make the hole large enough for you to insert your screwdriver, and drill to the back of the key slot.

Insert a straightened out paper clip into the slot just to the left of the key cylinder. This will lock the cylinder from starting.

Inserting your screwdriver into the cylinder and turn it as far as you can to the right.

Pull on both the paper clip and the screwdriver to gently slide the switch out of its current position.

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Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • Drill bit
  • Flat head screw driver

About the Author

Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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