Major Toyota Fan
1996 Camry LE
Yeah, you're right
Sorry, misread that part of your post. For some reason, it read like you couldn't reach the little access key underneath. Based on what my locksmith said, it was probably those dratted split-wafers that caused your problem. Glad you got it out.In order to remove the cylinder the key must be turned to the ACC position. If its seized in another position (mine was in off), the only way to remove the cylinder is to forcefully rotate it or drill it out.
But, yes, under normal circumstances swapping out the cylinder is a breeze.