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Lost keys... Ignition lock cylinder: replace? Recode? Something else? by Cliff Pennock
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A first for everything, I lost the keys to my Fiero for the first time in 36 years... Actually, that's not true because I lost the spare ignition key during moving about 25 years ago. Anyways, needless to say I was "almost getting around to" making spare keys - but I never did. I do have a spare key for the door, just not for the ignition. So what are my options? Can I "read" from the existing cylinder what key I need? Or do I need to buy a new cylinder?
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A first for everything, I lost the keys to my Fiero for the first time in 36 years... Actually, that's not true because I lost the spare ignition key during moving about 25 years ago. Anyways, needless to say I was "almost getting around to" making spare keys - but I never did. I do have a spare key for the door, just not for the ignition. So what are my options? Can I "read" from the existing cylinder what key I need? Or do I need to buy a new cylinder?


when my ignition cylinder got too worn out to work right I just replaced it. it's really easy. there's a good set of 5 or 6 videos walking you through it. I bought a replacement with an unbranded key and then took that key to my Cadillac dealership and had a gm branded key cut. not sure about reading it. I personally wouldn't bother, since the ignition key is ONLY for the ignition.
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Replacing may cost less then recode plus have a new lock.

Replace it needs tools to do that.... Steering wheel puller and lock plate tool.
people in US often get those thru "Free" loaner tools programs at many auto part stores. But you may have to buy them thru amazon etc.
Note: Some parts in/on the column are NOT Metric like OE S-wheels puller holes need SAE bolts w/ puller tool. Think S-wheel nut is SAE too but Metric wrench can work if not too tight.

"Recode" needs Real Locksmith to visit the car w/ tools to read the lock and have key blanks for Old GM cars.
Can cost in US but in NL can be hard to find someone to do that making cost more.

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When I got my Fiero the ignition lock cylinder was stuck in the on position, so I couldn't properly shut it off. I got a new one for $20 from napa, found a video and got it done in less than an hour. I had no experience at the time, I wouldn't worry about any struggles. Just make sure you really torque down the bolt that hold the steering wheel on, or else the wheel will slip dome during heavy turning.
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The Fiero Store also sells the ignition switch. The cylinders are different internally in the later years. I think the 87 and 88 use a different key blank than earlier years.

Cliff, sending you a PM about how to address lost keys.
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We JUST had a thread on this topic.

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Report this Post09-07-2021 02:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff PennockClick Here to visit Cliff Pennock's HomePageClick Here to Email Cliff PennockSend a Private Message to Cliff PennockEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I seriously have been looking for my keys for about 5 hours at end. When I gave up and wanted a cookie, I found the keys under the pack of cookies. I kid you not.

Not only that, I have a bowl with a bunch of keys that I either found on the street, or in my house, or wherever. I have never thrown them away just in case. One of the keys looked like it could be an ignition key (although it looked quite a bit different than the spare key I lost). I take it to my car, insert in the ignition, turn it, and the car starts right up.

So... yeah...
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