Saturday, March 29, 2008
broken ignition on stering column
Question: I have a 1996 Mercury Sable - broken ignition on steering column. What would average repair cost be? Answer: If the key is broken off in the lock cylinder, the replacement shouldn't take 15 minutes. See below for procedure. The cost should be around $75.00 parts included. If the key won't go in the lock cylinder, then it will have to be drilled out and might take a couple hours, cost could be as high as $180.00 Functional Lock Cylinder To Remove: 1. Disconnect the battery ground cable. 2. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers. 3. Turn the ignition lock to the accessory position. 4. Insert a 0.125 (3.17mm) wire pin or small drift punch in the hole at the top of the cylinder housing and depress the retaining pin while pulling out the lock cylinder. To Install: 1. Turn the new lock cylinder to the accessory position and while pressing the retaining pin in, insert the lock cylinder into the housing. 2. Turn the key to the OFF position to release the retaining pin. 3. Try the lock cylinder operation in all positions. 4. Reinstall the steering column covers. 5. Reconnect the battery ground cable.