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Please help i need to replace the  ignition switch on a 97 maxima se

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Remove the cowling around the steering wheel place the key into the ignition, you should be able to find a small pin hole on the side of the ignition barrel get a strong pin or pick and push it into the hole with the ignition turned to acc then pull the key the barrel should then pull out of the steraring collum.

if the reson you are replacing the ignition is that the key wont turn you will have to replace the holl igition set up which means you will have to pull the stearing wheel off and stearing collum out of the car (IF YOU HAVE SRS AIR BAGS DISCONECT THE BATTERY AND LEAVE THE CAR TO SIT FOR 5 MINUTS)
( UNDER THE STEARING WHEEL IS A ITEM CALLED A CLOCK SPRING DO NOT MOVE THIS YOU WILL RECONISE IT WHEN YOU SEE IT, MAKE SHOUR THE WHEELS ARE IN THE STRAIGHT AHEAD POITION BEFOR COMENCING THIS PROCEDURE. IF YOU MOVE THE CLOCK SPING YOU MAY DAMAGE IT AND CAUSE HUNDREDS OF DOLLERS WERTH OF DAMAGE)
once the collum is out you will need a center punch and hammer to slowley turn the 3 shear off bolts that hold the ignition,
remove old ignition and fit new shear the heads off the new bolts and refite the collum and steearing wheel to car.

( please if you are not shore that you can do this procedure take it to a qualifide tecnishion as the air bag system can be very dangeruse)

good luck

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

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You can most certainly purchase this part yourself on-line at www.autozone.com

Part Number is - LS812
OEM Number---- 48750- 1E411

Please rate and god bless:)

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