Replace Ignition Switch on 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

I've gotten stranded one too many times because my 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 will not crank over. I have power, and the battery is only a year old. If I let it sit for about an hour, then try again, most times it will start again. The security light will flash when I'm trying to engage the engine. I've been advised it is most likely the ignition switch. How do I replace it myself?

by in Bethel Island, CA on June 04, 2010
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ANSWER by , June 04, 2010
The fault with your 2000 Chevrolet Silverado is most likely with the passlock sensor which should be part of the ignition lock cylinder, not the ignition switch. To remove the lock cylinder you will need to remove the steering column covers. Sometimes the top cover will not come off with the lock cylinder installed. You must reach under the cover and release the lock cylinder retaining pin (the key must be in the crank position to release the pin - park brake on and trans in gear so you can rotate the key to the crank position and the engine won't crank). There is a small hole in the top of the lock cylinder where you must insert the pick to release the lock cylinder and slide it out of the housing. After replacing the ignition lock cylinder a theft system relearn procedure must be performed. If you decide you need the help of a repair shop please use the following link to find one near you -
COMMENT by , June 04, 2010
Thank you Oakman.. I will look into getting the necessary part.. I appreciate your response.