GM Full Size Vans 1967-1986 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch/Lock Cylinder


For procedures covering the 1967-72 ignition switch, refer to Chassis Electrical .


1973-78 Models

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Ignition lock cylinder removal-1973-78 models

  1. Remove the steering wheel and turn signal switch.

It is not necessary to completely remove the turn signal switch. Pull the switch over the end of the shaft; no further.

  1. Place the lock cylinder in the RUN position.

Do not remove the ignition key buzzer.

  1. Insert a small drift pin into the turn signal housing slot. Keeping the drift pin to the right side of the slot, break the housing flash loose and depress the spring latch at the lower end of the lock cylinder. Remove the lock cylinder.

Considerable force may be necessary to break this casting flash, but be careful not to damage any other parts. When ordering a new lock cylinder, specify a cylinder assembly. This will save assembling the cylinder, washer, sleeve and adapter.

  1. To install, hold the lock cylinder sleeve and rotate the knob clockwise against the stop. Insert the cylinder into the housing, aligning the key and keyway. Hold a 0.070 in. (1.778mm) drill between the lock bezel and housing. Rotate the cylinder counterclockwise, maintaining a light pressure until the drive section of the cylinder mates with the sector. Push in until the snapring pops into the grooves. Remove the drill and check the cylinder operation.

The drill prevents forcing the lock cylinder inward beyond its normal position. The buzzer switch and spring latch can hold the lock cylinder in too far. Complete disassembly of the upper bearing housing is necessary to release an improperly installed lock cylinder.

1979-86 Models

See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the ignition lock cylinder and related components

  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the turn signal switch. It is not necessary to completely remove the switch from the column. Pull the switch rearward far enough to slip it over the end of the shaft, but do not pull the harness out of the column.
  5. Turn the lock to the