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How do i replace the ignition switch in a 1988 oldsmobile 88?

I can't get my key out of the ignition. it is turned on the on position, so i had to disconnec the battery cable to keep from running down the battery. i am needing a new ignition switch and need to know does the steering wheel need to come off? Please help me.

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SOURCE: 1989 cutlass oldsmobile with tilt steering wheel ?

remove column trim, insert ket turn to on position, and push the pin in at the underside of the steering column pull straight out please rate -jeff

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SOURCE: Key will not come out. Battery light stays on.

your shifter is not aligned properly this condition indicates that the shifter has placed the transmission in park but just barely it needs like maybe 2 more millimeters of travel.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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SOURCE: 1992 Oldsmobile cutlass sierra

First you need to go to the local parts store and get a steering wheel puller and a clock spring compressor tool. You can rent them but just cheaper to buy it and return it. I got mind like 35 bucks together.
You will remove the horn button just by pulling it towards you be careful not to rip the horn wire out. Next there may be a retainer clip remove it with a pair of needle nose pliers. Next get a breaker bar or a impact gun to back the center nut off. Once off use the steering wheel puller by inserting the threaded bolts into the threaded holes directly beside the center pin. ease the puller onto the center pin and tighten down until the steering wheel starts to move back towards you continue until off. On some trucks there is a steel plate covering the housing to the left side and towards the top are two small torx screws remove them and remove the cover. Next grab your clock spring compressor and install it similar to the way you did the wheel puller you will tighten down the center bolt slightly decompressing the clock spring. as you compress the clock spring look to the center there is a small retainer clip that looks like it is made into the center pin pry the clip off making sure not to damage it and remove the compressor tool, remove the clock spring making sure to pay attention on how it comes apart you can put it all back together. Remove the turn signal switch should be 3 phillips head screws. You may need to disconnect the horn wire at this point it just turns slightly and pulls out. After you remove the clock spring you will see the lock cylinder body, follow the body towards the center pin. There will be a small torx bit or a phillips screw to it will be silver and very shinny at the end of the lock housing remove it and slide the lock cylinder out. Install the new one and reverse the steps.
hope this helps...........good luck!

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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SOURCE: cannot unlock the steering wheel on oldsmobile intrigue 2001

is it the right key for that car? cause if not then that is the problem... if it is the right key, then you might have to replace the key cylinder cause you may have something broken in it...

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try sparying wd forty in it and work it back in foward and put powder giffite in it should come loose

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I have a 1988 oldsmobile cutlass ciera and one day i started it up but the ignition would not switch back, so i cannot turn the car off and the key i stuck inside the ignition. what is wrong with it and...


It sounds like one or more pins in the lock tumbler portion of your ignition switch has slipped out of position and jammed the cylinder so that it will not turn. These pins, which are actually shaped more like thin washers, are made of soft brass and gradually wear over time. Especially if you or another driver of the car had your ignition key on a keychain with a bunch of other keys, the weight of that key ring will also push and pull on these pins over time, increasing the odds that one of them will go out of alignment and cause this kind of a problem. That's why you'll see car enthusiasts have a single ignition key on a keychain or have it be detachable from the rest of their keys--it saves a lot of wear and tear on the ignition switch.

To fix this problem, you'll need to remove the lock tumbler portion of the ignition switch and take it to a locksmith to have it rebuilt. A locksmith will take out the old washers and springs and replace them with exact new replacements. Assuming the lock tumbler isn't cracked (they almost never are), you'll end up with a switch that works like new. This process is also usually much cheaper than ordering a new ignition switch, and it also re-uses your existing keys. Of course, a locksmith can also replace the washers in a brand new ignition switch to match your existing keys.

Removing the lock cylinder could be a bit of a problem if you can't wiggle the ignition switch at all. However, don't try to force the cylinder back into the "off and can take the key out" position. If you take the key out at this point, there's a good chance you'll never get it back in again. On GM cars of this vintage, there's usually a little hole somewhere on the bottom of the ignition switch. Normally, you push up into this hole with a very stiff wire while turning the key to the "on" position. This will release the lock tumbler, and you'll be able to pull it out of the steering column. Note that this only pulls out the lock tumbler; the actual ignition switch will still be left in place, permitting you to start the car with, say, a screwdriver instead of a key.

You may have trouble pulling the lock cylinder if you can't rotate it enough to use the proper tumbler removal procedure. If that's the case, the best thing to do might be to call in a locksmith. It will cost you a bit more for them to work on your car instead of just on your tumbler, but they have additional experience that helps them know how much force they can apply to a stubborn lock without, say, bending or breaking off the key (and even more expensive scenario for you). Plus, if they screw up, they get to buy you a new ignition switch, so that expense isn't coming out of your pocket. If you can still start your car, you can save locksmith house call charges by driving to their place of business and parking in front of their store.

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Ignition switch to a 2001 oldsmobile alero will not turn when key is inserted to start vehicle. Steering wheel will not go to a locked position as it should when car is parked and key is removed. Key will...


no there is no lock position for the alero. if the key wont turn the key and or ignition cylinder may be worn out. try jiggling the key as you try to turn it. you may need to replace the ignition switch to repair this. when you do it will need to be programed to the vehicle. hope this helps

Jan 27, 2011 | 2000 Oldsmobile Alero

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How do you remove the ignition switch part to replace


FIRST OF ALL TURN OFF RADIO TO KEEP FROM LOCKING IT OUT.THEN DISABLE AIRBAG.DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE.WAIT 20 MINUTES.MAKE SURE TURN THE STEERING WHEEL SO THAT BOTH WHEELS POINTING STRAIGHT AHEAD.TURN IGNITION SWITCH TO LOCK THEN REMOVE KEY.TO REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH.REMOVE THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER.REMOVE THE 2 SCREWS SECURING THE IGNITION SWITCH.PUSH SWITCH 1 INCH STRAIGHT BACK TO CLEAR THE MOUNTING BRACKET THEN LIFT OUT.TO REMOVE LOCK CYLINDER PUT KEY IN SWITCH TURN TO RUN POSITION THEN DEPRESS THE PIN WITHDRAW THE LOCK CYLINDER.

Jun 30, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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Ignition switch will not turn off aux position, key turns to on position but will not turn on or anything off, had to disconnect the battery, please help?


your igniton key cylinder is worn or broken or need new parts and check ignition switch also does this have tilt steering could be a bent rod connects igniton switch to ignition key clyinder (where you put your key in and turn)hope this helps

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How do i replace the ignition swith on a 88 olds cutlass supreme,i have the steering whell off and column dropped how do i remove the keyed ignition?


You need to put the key in and turn it to the run position.Then put a seal pick or a small pin punch into the access hole in the side of the tumbler housing,push in on it and pull out the tumbler.

Dec 13, 2009 | 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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I need removal and installation instructions for the ignition swith


GM Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac/Full-Size 1975-1990
Repair Guide - Ignition Switch

CAUTION Do not attempt any service on the steering wheel, column or instrument panel on Buick and Oldsmobile models equipped with an air bag. Service on these models should only be performed by a professional technician.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Turn the steering wheel so the vehicle's wheels are in the straight ahead position. Turn the key to the LOCK position.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Remove the column to instrument panel trim plates and attaching nuts.
  4. Lower the column and disconnect the shift indicator cable.
  5. Disconnect the ignition and dimmer switch connectors.
  6. Remove the switch attaching screws and remove the switch.
To install:
  1. Move the actuator rod hole in the switch to the lock position.
  2. Install the switch with the rod in the hole. Adjust the switch as follows:
    1. Models to 1988- Move the switch slider to the extreme left ACC position, then move the slider 2 detents to the right to the OFF-UNLOCK position.
    2. 1989 and 1990 - Place a 3/32 in. drill bit in the hole on the switch to lock the switch into position. Move the switch slider to the extreme left position then move the slider 1 detent to the left LOCK position.

  3. Position and reassemble the steering column in reverse of the disassembly procedure.
I hope helped with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.

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