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Lock barrel electrical connection

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I am "trying" to replace my complete ignition lock assembly. So far it was not a problem and after disassembling the left vent and the instrument cluster I could mechanically disassemble the ignition/steering lock! Electrically I have disconnected the ignition switch and the harness from the immobilizer! 


However, I can not disconnect the plug with 2 wires from the lock barrel (lock barrel is still in the steering lock unit). Is there any trick for that?


Thanks, Thormann


Edited by thormann

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Just a wild guess.  Is there a tab in the raised square part on the electrical connector.  Maybe a flat blade screwdriver in there and move/slide the connector up (to the right in the picture).

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Meanwhile I could disconnect the plug. I used a flat screwdriver and pushed on the clamp of the plug through the hole in the housing (photo above)


Now I need to seperate the keylock from the steering wheel lock! While ignition on 1, the small hole is close to the 1 o´clock position (photos). I used a 

1,3mm electro wire and could put that in the hole about 1/2", however it did not unlock anything! The diameter of the wire should be within the range (1,3-1,5mm) of 

the manual!


In dmcole´s DIY tutorial I read that the "beauty ring" shall be rotated 180°, so that the small hole is in the 7 o´clock position! However, I can not even rotate the beauty ring without the rest. Is there any trick?


Any help would be appreciated!!


Thanks, Thormann



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Pelican article on steering lock removal.  One comment (bottom of article) says to take a pick and try to rotate the sliver part 180 degrees to the correct position.


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Thanks for your reply!


Yes, I have read about the 180° thing! However, this doesn´t work for me! I tried a pick in the small hole and even a big screwdriver in the big hole with a little more power! This ring doesn´t 



Further the manual shows exactly "my" position. In this position I can put the wire about 1" into the lock´s hole! However, nothing happens! How far do I need to put it in?


Has one photos of this mechanism, I have to release! So far it is hard to imagine for me, how this shall get off


Thanks again!!

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I know it might be of no help, but I took a picture of my lock barrel and the orientation of the small hole.  Mine is a 99 C2.  The second picture is from the Pelican Parts Tech article on how to remove the ignition lock.


lock barrel.JPG

PP Lock Barrel.jpg

It is strange that the orientation looks the same installed, but when they flip it over it has the same orientation as your picture in relation to the plastic tab.  I also see they used a large paper clip which shows it cannot be that deep in order to push on the pin for release.  So maybe get some WD-40 in there and see if the lock barrel is just stuck.

Edited by DBJoe996

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