Ford Explorer: Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems / Removal and Installation - Ignition Lock Cylinder

Ford Explorer 2020-2022 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems / Removal and Installation - Ignition Lock Cylinder

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Flat-Bladed Screwdriver


Non-functional lock cylinder

NOTE: For non-functional ignition lock cylinders, replace the ignition lock cylinder housing.

  1. Remove the ignition lock cylinder housing.
    Refer to: Ignition Lock Cylinder Housing (211-05 Steering Wheel and Column Electrical Components, Removal and Installation).

Functional lock cylinder

NOTE: Repair individual lock cylinders by discarding the inoperative lock cylinder and building a new lock cylinder using the appropriate lock repair service kit. The lock repair service kit includes a detailed instruction sheet to build the new lock to match the key cut pattern for the vehicle, thus allowing for single point replacement without needing to replace or reprogram other locks or keys.

  1. Remove the PATSTransceiver.
    Refer to: Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) Transceiver (419-01B Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS), Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the ignition lock cylinder.
    1. Insert the ignition key and position the ignition lock cylinder to the ACC position.
    1. Using a screwdriver, press the ignition lock cylinder release pin through the access hole.
      Use the General Equipment: Flat-Bladed Screwdriver
    1. Pulling the ignition lock cylinder outward, remove the ignition lock cylinder.


  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. Install the ignition lock cylinder.
    1. Make sure the ignition lock cylinder is in the ACC position.
    1. Insert the ignition lock cylinder into the ignition lock cylinder housing located on the steering column. Make sure to align the locking pin with the locking pin access hole.
    1. Rotate the ignition key through all lock cylinder positions to check for correct operation

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