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Ignition key '85 S10 Chevy Pick

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by boxerman56, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. boxerman56

    boxerman56 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    My ignition key is so worn down that I can't unlock steering wheel to start.
    Trying to find out how I can get to ignition to either replace or get a key code.

    Dave Boxerman
  2. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Don't know if it works on trucks that old, but the GM dealer can make keys from the VIN number. Call and ask I guess.

    Also have you tried lubing the lock? Had that trouble with my '86 and it lived another 50000kms afterwards without replacement...
  3. joe_padavano

    joe_padavano Member
    Messages: 68

    On GM steering columns from 1969 through at least the late 1980s it's possible to remove the lock cylinder by removing the steering wheel. If you haven't done this before, get a service manual. Once the wheel is off, remove the turn signal switch. Underneath that will be a slot in the upper bowl casting (sometimes the slot is covered with casting flash). Pushing in the slot with a flat blade screwdriver will depress the spring-loaded lock tab on the lock cylinder and allow you to pull the cylinder out of the steering column. The original lock cylinder will have a stamped code that any GM dealer can use to punch a new key. I've done this several times, having bought project cars and trucks where the owner had lost the key.

    Joe Padavano