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How to remove an ignition switch for replace/repair on an 86 Chevrolet K10 pickup

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The ignition switch is screwed to the top of the steering column under the dash. it' operated by a rod connected to the lock cylinder. ignition switch is easily changed, however the lock cylinder requires the removal of the steering wheel and turn signal switch. steering wheel requires a puller to remove. turn signal is secured with 3 phillips screws. lock cylinder is retained by a phillips screw also. this screw has abnormal threads, only one that looks like that. this truck uses a saginaw steering column, same as dodge in these years.

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Both Tree-Kids and Cristian Medina have given you the best possible advice in solving your problem. I could not add more.
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First a guy has to determine if it's the switch or a broken rack sector, so you wind up removing the switch for testing. I just moved it the an accessible position after I could start the engine by moving the switch with an icepick. That's a lot less trouble.

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The lock cylinder is easier than the switch assembly.
To replace the lock cylinder, you have to remove the steering wheel. The lock cylinder has to be freed from its clip that holds it in.
To replace the switch assembly, you have to drop the steering column. the switch is sandwiched in between the dash and the steering column.
Before you do this, make sure you have power coming in and out of the switch wires, as there are lots of fusible links that go bad in the engine compartment and make the ignition switch look defective.

Posted on Dec 07, 2014

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  • jeff5may32 Dec 09, 2014

    If the key will turn to all positions, the linkage may need a new one.

  • jeff5may32 Dec 09, 2014

    If the key gets stuck or jammed before it can reach that angle, the lock cylinder and key may need a new one.

  • jeff5may32 Dec 09, 2014

    If the key turns and the linkage moves like it should, the switch could be worn out.

  • jeff5may32 Dec 09, 2014

    Add a CommentIf none of the above solves the problem, start chasing wiring and fusible links. My S-10 has had both the ignition cylinder/ wheel lock and fusible links go bad.

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