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How to replace the ignition cylinder?

I have a 2004 Titan that I can't turn the ignition key sometimes. I had a new key made but that didn't help. I want to replace the ignition key lock cylinder or ignition key cylinder (whatever it's called). It does not have the electronic key transponder(?) just a standard key. I've partially taken the steering wheel covers off but I don't see how to get the key cylinder out. Anybody know how to get it out? Or maybe another post with this issue. Your help is appreciated. Thank you very much!!
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Re: How to replace the ignition cylinder?

Did you have your new key cut to code, or just duplicated? If your key is worn, the duplicate won't be any better. Have a locksmith decode your key and cut a new one to factory specs. 99% of the time, that's all you need. In most cases, replacing the ignition cylinder, will get you a new housing also, and won't be cheap. If the key doesn't do the trick, let me know and I can walk you through the replacement.

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Re: How to replace the ignition cylinder?

I had a key made at a dealership from a master key for $25.00. Solved the problem. Autozone has a replacement cylinder for $134.00. I would still like to know how to replace the key cylinder since the key cylinder wore the old key in kind of an unusual fashion. It's just a standard ignition switch. No electronic key, just a standard key as I said in my post.

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Re: How to replace the ignition cylinder?

This won't help you any with your problematic ignition key cylinder but I have a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup that was the most simple job in the world to remove and replace and the process takes just a couple of minutes.

I purchased a new replacement key cylinder for about $25 that I took to a locksmith to make the new lock cylinder work with my old keys.

I wish the Titan would be as simple and easy as this:
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Re: How to replace the ignition cylinder?

The ford has an active retainer holding just the key cylinder in the housing. The Titan, has roll pins holding the cylinder in the housing. You need to remove the plastic cowl, then remove the wire harnesses from the ignition. Then remove the shear bolts holding the ignition housing to the steering column. Then remove the roll pins and pull the cylinder out.

The key is designed to wear. We would have charged you about $15 for a code cut key. I would also wager that the auto parts store ignition is NOT the right one for the truck, as I have yet to see any auto parts store have the right one. It is a much bigger job on the Titan, than it is on most other vehicles. Just be sure to keep at least one good spare key that you can make a good copy from. They do wear, and the key usually wears faster than the cylinder. Glad the new key worked for you!

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