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I need to replace the ignition switch, please help

Need help replacing the ignition switch

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  • doug_gord15 May 28, 2009

    I'm assuming the lock cylinder. The key needs to be wiggled many times before turning on

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the lock cylinder or the actual electrical ignition switch?



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You need to remove the steering column shroud to access the small hole in the bottom of the key cylinder. When you put the key in and turn it to the "on" position push a small awl or similar tool into this hole which pushes the catch pin and you will be able to pull the cylinder assembly out. With the new cylinder in the same key position just push it back in and reassemble column.

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You may just have a very worn key. Try a Locksimth shop first they can see if code cutting a key will work before replacing the lock.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009


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SOURCE: changing out the ignition switch

Remove the lower dash panel to see the ignition switch assembly. On the "back-side" of the aluminum thingy that wraps arounfd the steering column, you will see 2 bolts, but no way to remove them. Using a Dremel and a cut-off wheel, cut a line that would resemble a cut that you can place a flat blade screwdriver into. Cut it deep enough to get a good bite with the screwdriver. Loosen the bolts just like you were removing a regular screw. The bolts are not that thight. When the lock was installed, the 2 bolt heads snap off at the proper torque; this is an anti-theft feature.

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SOURCE: please help

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)
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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SOURCE: 1992 cavalier ignition switch and key assembly

The following procedure is "generic" for replacing the lock cylinder. There are a couple of specialized tools you will need and saftey precautions concerning the air bag system.
Take a look and let me know if you wish to tackle the job.
To remove the ignition lock:
CAUTION You must remove the steering wheel when replacing the ignition lock. On vehicles with a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system, you must temporarily disable the SIR system and remove the inflator module when removing the steering wheel. Leaving the SIR system on could result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury.

  • Disconnect the negative battery cable, and remove the steering wheel.
  • Remove the bumper and the carrier snapring retainer from the steering shaft.
  • Use a lock plate compressor screw tool to install the lock plate compressor screw in the upper steering shaft. To keep the shaft from telescoping, tighten it to 40 inch lbs.
  • Using the lock plate compressor tool, install on the upper steering shaft, tighten it to depress the shaft lock. Remove the shaft lock retainer, the compressor tool and the steering shaft lock.
  • Remove the turn signal canceling cam assembly. Put the turn signal switch in the "N" position and remove the upper bearing spring.
  • Position the turn signal switch so the mounting screws can be removed through the holes in the switch and remove the turn signal lever.
  • Remove the turn signal switch-to-steering column screws and lift the turn signal switch. Remove the wire protector and disconnect the turn signal switch connector.
  • Use a terminal remover tool to disconnect the buzzer switch wires from the turn signal switch connector. Remove the buzzer switch assembly with needle-nose pliers.
  • Place the lock cylinder in the ACC position, then remove the lock retaining screw and the lock cylinder set.
  • To install the new cylinder lock, reverse the removal procedures.
  • Tighten the lock retaining screw to 22 inch lbs., the turn signal switch screws to 59 inch lbs. and turn the turn signal lever screw to 53 inch lbs.
  • As part of the final replacement procedures, check the operation of the switches and the steering column.

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SOURCE: need to replace ignition switch

well,after the wheel there is a disk with notches in it that comes off and has a c clip holding it there,there is a spring behind it then take off the turn signal switch,then there is a small bolt or screw to take off where the switch is(still behind the steering wheel)put your key to accessories then pull the switch out,if you have no key,then you have to either break the switch or get a locksmith to do it,ive done it in my chevys and its not really fun without a key

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: i need to replace the ignition switch for my gmc

not sure if u mean the ignition lock cylinder or the actual electrical switch but here are all the instructions.
The mechanical switch itself is rod actuated and located under the dash bolted to the steering column. Remove and trim panels to expose the column bracket. mark the location of the shift indicator clip, and remove with a small flathead screw driver. drop the column and it's right there ,I think it's has two 7mm screws holding it on.

If you are talking about the key cylinder itself you will need to remove the steering wheel, remove the plastic lock ring cover, if you have an air bag there is a ring with yellow wres coming in and out if it, this you CANNOT turn this ring w/o causing damag to the unit and rendering your airbag useless and eht airbag light to come on, remove it carefully and set it on top of the column. With a special tool press the locking ring down and remove the snap ring. After the locking ring is removed you expose the turn signal switch/cam, remove the screw on the left of the cam that attaches the turn signal arm to the switch, and remove the emergency flasher button, both should be phillips head. After the arm and button are removes remove the 3 screws that old the switch in place. GENTLY pull up on the switch, making sure not to break the wiring harness. There is a small plastic and copper connector over a torx head crew, remove it with needle nose pliers being careful not to damage it, this is the terminal that make the buzzer go off when you open the door and leave the keys in the ignition. Now remove the torx head screw and slid out the key cylinder. Re-assemble in reverse order.

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