Good times. I pulled the neg cable, and started removing the steering column shroud. Got the 3 screws out, and I couldn't get the 2 halves apart. I started getting frustrated, cause I didn't want to break the little tabs they use. It was getting late, and my girl was on her way over, so I locked the truck and got ready. She came and picked me up, and we went to her house.
Came back home today and hit the button to unlock the doors. D'oh, forgot I unhooked the battery. No problem, I'll use the key...wtf?!? Fuckin key won't work!
Apparently it has been worn down to the point that it won't work in the door lock.
It will turn the ignition, but not the door. Awesome.
Called Geico, and asked them to come unlock my car for me (part of the service they offer). They tell me that since my keys aren't in the car, they're gonna charge me if they come out.
This displeases me, and I may have told them this. With volume and curse words.
I think I'll be changing insurance carriers. That pissed me off.
Great. Crawl under the front of the truck, shove my fat arm in a skinny hole, pull the hood release cable, and pop the hood. Hook the battery up, pop the door lock, we're back in business.
Now it's daylight. I'm taking my time, and the shroud leaps apart, as if to tell me things are going great. Remove the shroud, exposing the ignition. I'm able to push the release button, and after a few tries, coax the cylinder out. I use a screwdriver to turn the switch, and the truck won't start. OK, not the cylinder.
Then I unscrew the passlock module from the opposite end of the keyed cylinder/ignition thingie, and it doesn't come all the way off, but it will wiggle around a bit. I put the screwdriver back in, and turn it, while holding the passlock module in different angles and positions, and it starts!
I threw the cylinder back in, and same deal. It doesn't start every time like magic, but I can kinda manipulate it to get it to start without too many tries.
It looks like I'll be replacing the ignition/passlock unit after all, and I need to get an original key made (from the dealer?) from my VIN, so I can open my freakin doors. And since my old key is so worn down, and I need a new one for the doors, I'll need to wait until I have the new key made before I can have the new ignition cylinder keyed.
Or remove the door panel, remove the door lock cylinder, and have that keyed to the new ignition key.
I just want to drive my truck!!!!