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How do i replace the wiper switch on the steering column?

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Most just pop out, however, remove the trim covers first, yours may be a combination switch, some even need the steering wheel removed

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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CAUTION These models covered are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS and refer to the precautions in the Chassis Electrical Section.


  1. Make sure the steering wheel is in the center position (wheels in the straight ahead position)
  2. Remove the key from the ignition.
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable first, then the positive cable.
  4. Wait 10-20 minutes for the back-up power to discharge. Do NOT proceed until the back-up power is discharged from the SRS system!
  5. Remove the driver’s side air bag module and steering wheel, as outlined under the Steering Wheel Removal & Installation procedure in this section.
  6. Remove the steering column nacelle, as follows:
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    • Release clips securing nacelle together and remove from steering column.
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Exploded view of the steering column nacelle (cover) mounting

Remove the rotary coupler, as follows:
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  • Remove rotary coupler.
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View of the rotary coupler

  1. Release passive coil from steering column lock and lower the coil without disconnecting the harness.
  2. Release front wiper delay connector from column switch mounting bracket and disconnect from harness.
  3. Disconnect harness connector from wiper switch.
  4. Remove 2 screws securing switch, carefully raise edge of switch bracket to clear location peg and remove switch.
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Release front wiper delay connector (3) from column switch mounting bracket and disconnect from harness. Disconnect the wiper switch connector (4), then remove the switch mounting screws (5)

To install:
  1. Install the new switch to bracket and secure with screws.
  2. Connect harness connector to switch.
  3. Connect front wiper delay connector and Install the connector to switch bracket.
  4. Install the passive coil to column lock.
  5. Install the rotary coupler, as follows:
    • Install the rotary coupler to steering column and connect connector to harness.
    • Connect rotary coupler connector to harness and secure to bracket.
  6. Install the steering column nacelle, as follows:
    • Position the nacelle to steering column and secure with clips and screws.
    • Close fascia lower access panel.
  7. Install the steering wheel and driver’s air bag module, as outlined in this section.
  8. Connect the positive, then the negative battery cables.

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