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Alberto M Goncalves
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Year : 1990
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So I was searching around the site trying to figure out what was involved in removing the steering lock. Lots of threads explaining it but no pics.

Then there are the threads complaining about how drilling the whole is is the wrong way of doing it which made it more confusing for me as a newbie.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words...
I figured I'd give back to the community and help future newbies by taking some pics and creating this thread. Maybe a moderator or admin can post to the FAQ section if they feel appropriate.

This is on my 1990 Miata.

This is the view from below the ignition switch before drilling:
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Past threads on this topic advise drilling in the middle of that square area using a 3/8" drill bit which worked perfectly for me.

This is view after drilling in the middle of the only square area under the ignition switch:
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I drilled this hole slowly. Wear eye protection as the aluminum shards get shot out all over the place.

Once drilled, turn the key to the ON position. When you do this, a few coils of the spring basically pop out of the hole on their own. Just grab with your fingers or use pliers and pull.

That is all. Went very quickly overall. [thumbsup]

jeopardyracing
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Thanks for the post! I plan to use this method this week!

Dave Lewis
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Be aware the key may get stuck in the switch at some time. this has happened to me twice in eight years, and I have yet to resolve it.

Alberto M Goncalves
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Glad you found it helpful Jeopardy. [Smile]


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Originally posted by Dave Lewis:
Be aware the key may get stuck in the switch at some time. this has happened to me twice in eight years, and I have yet to resolve it.

Are you referring to the key getting stuck in the on position?

I think Juan Pineda and a few others had a post about how to address that situation but I couldn't quite picture what they were talking about.

   

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