I just bought my 2000 Camaro and I'm just a little paranoid there might be more than one key floating out there. So I'd like to swap it for a completely different ignition switch/key. Does anyone know what's involved? I'm aware of the 'chip' (resistor) in the key, can I just swap the ignition switch and be good or do I have to bring it into a dealer.
its not hard to do at all. you need the new cylinder that is about 30 bucks from the part store. it comes with a new key, but it does not have the chip in it. take that key and your orignal key to the dealer and have them use the new key cut with the same resistance that your current chip has. the key is about 20-30 bucks.
you do have to remove the steering wheel and air bag. if this sounds like something you think you can do your self let me know and i will give you step by step on how to do it. it took me about 45 min to do mine, but i also have been working on cars for 8 years.
I went to carlocksandkeys.com when I ordered mine. If you know the resistance of your chip, you can tell them the pellet # and they will cut your key to match the cylinder you order. Sure, it might be more costly (but not far from the stealership probably), but I paid it for the convenience factor.
And changing out the cylinder is cake. Chilton's was actually pretty good at explaining it. Just get a steering wheel puller, simple tools and some wire and you will have what you need.
Disable the inflatable restraint steering wheel module.
Important: The turn signal and multifunction switch assembly wires do not have to be pulled through the column when removing the assembly unless necessary. Let the turn signal and multifunction switch assembly hang freely after removal of the screws.
Remove the turn signal and multifunction switch assembly.
Put the key in the LOCK position.
Disconnect the steering column key lock cylinder set terminal connectors.
Attach a wire to the terminal connectors. This will make installation easier.
Remove the buzzer switch assembly (3).
Remove the lock retaining screw (2).
Remove the retaining clip (4) from the steering column lock cylinder set terminal connector (5).
Remove the steering column lock cylinder set (1).
Gently pull the terminal connectors (5) through the column.