How to replace the ignition switch?

How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby g0t0pless [OP] » February 13th 2010, 11:02pm

I've searched through 15 pages of search results for "ignition switch" with nothing pertaining to replacing the switch.

A new switch is only $11 at Pep Boys, and my key feels like its going through peanut butter when I insert it. I want to replace it before it completely fails, but I'd like to see a write up on how to replace it before I dig into it myself.

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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby tedanderson » February 14th 2010, 12:24am

I'll see if I can find my old full size van book and scan the pages. But it's a pretty easy and straight forward process.

1. Disconnect the battery, turn the key to the ON position and pull the steering wheel. (which you will probably have an airbag that needs removal as well)
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2. Get a steering column lock plate removal tool. (available as a loaner tool)
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3. Insert the tool into the slots on the lock plate.
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4. Once you tighten down the lock plate tool, it will expose the lock ring. Remove the lock ring and then remove the tool and the lock plate will come out of the column.
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5. This is where things start to get a little hazy for me.. I recall removing the retaining screw which is inline with the ignition switch itself. (it's a phillips screw) and then the switch came right out and I had to disconnect the wires on the end of it. What I am not sure of is whether I had to remove the turn signal guts to get to it.

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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby Big_kid » February 14th 2010, 4:34am

Before you pull it all apart, squirt some Ronsonol (cigarette lighter fluid in the yellow & blue bottle) into the lock cylinder then run the key in & out and turn it back and forth a few times. This will break up any dirt buildup in the lock. Pull the key out & wipe it with a paper towel, repeat several times. If after this it still feels like you need some grape jelly and a glass of milk, then replace it.
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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby g0t0pless [OP] » February 22nd 2010, 11:04pm

I decided to try and repair it before replacing it. A little squirt of WD40 fixed it right up. Now it works like new.
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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby astro355 » February 23rd 2010, 2:28am

Oh, I see. You're having(had) problems with the ignition cylinder, not the ignition switch. :mrgreen:
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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby Astrofarian » May 8th 2014, 5:39am

This may be an old/ghost thread but thought maybe bumping it may shorten someones search for this info.
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Re: How to replace the ignition switch?

Postby tedanderson » May 8th 2014, 10:46am

:thumbup: Good bump.
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