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Ignition switch replacement

Are special tools needed?

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  • milton graham Apr 19, 2015

    yes you need a steering lock plate press can be pushed down by hand but verey hard to do

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Dos your car have locking steering

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Testimonial: "Yes. And I do not know for sure if the column is from a 68 or 69 Nova."

  • milton graham Apr 19, 2015

    take off steering wheal off then you need a press to remove the locking plate when the locking plate is pressed down remove the snap ring then there is 3 screws holding down the signal light switch down and 1 screw holding the 4 way flasher button then unplug the wires from under dash to the switch then pull it up just so you can take out the screw out that holes the ignition in place pull out ignition out good luck I hop this helps

  • milton graham Apr 19, 2015

    thay are the same column i put a1980 in a 1967 had to chang plug in to match

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