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Key switch is bad

Need to take out the key switch in 1996 grand am

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Take the top and bottom cover off the steering wheel column. Under the front of the steering wheel is a littlebracket that has 2 screws in it. Remove it with little vise grips [this pevents you from having to remove the steering wheel]. Take out the little nylon peice that the bracket held in. Then turn the key to the run position and push in the pin behind the key switch and pull the switch out. Feel behind the switch on the dash side to feel the spring loaded pin. It is rectangular.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009


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SOURCE: bad 1999 ignition switch

No , it will not work. They changed models in 1999 to a different style switch.

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