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Steering Lock Bypass/Disable

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cmat1120, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Apr 27, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    cmat1120 [OP] Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    I'm planning on installing a keyless alarm(push buttons start so totally keyless). The only issue I forsee is the steering wheel lock. As far as I can tell I have two options: disconnect all wires from the ignition cylinder and break off a key inside there turned so the steering lock is off(then over up the hole). Or permanently disable the steering lock which I'd prefer that way I can leave the ignition cylinder functional for redundancy. I've searched a bit, but haven't found any useful info on disabling the steering lock. I'm kind of surprised since I figured some of the guys that turn these into crawlers would opt for switches instead of keys like most "toys", but I could be wrong. Does anyone here know how to disable the steering lock?
  2. Apr 27, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Indy Master of all I survey.

    Sep 15, 2013
    Pull the cylinder and look how it works. If its like ford the lockbar gets shifted back and forth by a square piece on the end of the ignition lock. Take a flat head screwdriver and give it a twist inside the slot and it willrotate the bar out of the way. You won't be able to put the ignition lock back in though.

    I did it to my mustang, kept the lock and a flathead in the car in case i needed to swap it back in for some reason. It takes a couple seconds to reinstall.

    Writeup here
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017

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