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1993 E350 RV Ignition Switch Replacement and Rekey / Recode

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Old 07-31-2017, 11:43 AM
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1993 E350 RV Ignition Switch Replacement and Rekey / Recode

Hey guys,

Just got done replacing a broken ignition switch over the weekend, thought I'd share some info and things I learned, to help anyone else dealing with this...

First, got the new switch at Advanced, but you can get them anywhere.

Removal and replacement was a piece of cake. Disconnect the battery (negative), and follow this: https://youtu.be/lrjkvDOEIaQ

I wanted to recode / rekey the new switch to use my old key (since it also works on the doors). This was much harder to find info on. I couldn't find any videos showing this vintage of cylinder, and it wasn't obvious to me how to remove the tumblers. Then I found this:
http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/23-technical-write-ups/128285-ignition-lock-cylinder-rekeying-2.html#/topics/128285

The pics are fuzzy but show the steps to follow. Basically, you disassemble the old and new ignition switches, and carefully lay out the tumblers so you swap them over in the proper order. There are limitless videos out there showing how to do this for any type or age of lock.

​​​​​​A few things I would mention:

Don't remove the sidebar (not necessary, and helps to have it in place when inserting the tumblers).

Be sure that the cover for the tumblers is very flat after you reinstall. I got my new switch jammed up because I didn't make this part flat enough. You want to be sure that no part of it sticks out of the cavity it's in. This is a thin metal part, and bends and distorts when you pry it out.

Be careful of the two pins and springs in the cylinder. These are needed to help the switch stay in the off position.

Hope this helps someone!

Mike
 
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:14 AM
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Ugh, this replacement switch lasted just over a year. Same problem as the old switch: outer ring spins, key doesn't.

I'd​​​​ bought the cheapest one from Advance ($17), and although it has a lifetime warranty, I'll be buying a better one (closer to $50), because this is not only a nuisance, but I'm afraid of being stranded somewhere with this thing.

I may ask around to see if I can get a locksmith to rekey it for me before installing. May be worth just buying one from the locksmith, and having them install it?

Mike
 
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:33 PM
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Of course, the real question is, what makes these break in this way? Outer ring/tabs spin free from key.

Mike
 
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