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How do you change an ignition switch in a 1988 Firebird

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You'll need to lower the steering column. It is usually mounted on top of the steering column, with 2 screws, and a couple of plugs plugging into it. Usually down towards the firewall.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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Hello smileynv: My name is Roger and I will answer for you.The 1988 Pontiac Firebird had a 2.8 v-6 engine. The timing set at 10 degrees in drive. The 1989 pontiac Firebird has both the 2.8 and a 3.8 engine.The 3.8 engine a DIS (direct ignition system) Had no distributor. The timing was preset and controlled by the computer system. There was no way to adjust the timing. Please rate the answer. This way I know it was useful. Should you need further help please just ask. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

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get a proper steering wheel puller, pull the steering wheel off. remove the screw for the hazard switch. remove 1 screw and a metal bracket for the signal switch. remove 3 screws holding the white switch in top of column. Then you need to pull this switch up out of the way, but in order to do this without wrecking it, you need to remove the plastic panels underneith the column to get at the column mounting bolts. there should be 2 13mm nuts holding the column to the dash. remove these. then there should be 4 13mm bolts holding the bracket to the column. remove these and there should be a plastic casing that th wires go through. remove this and unplug the wiring. now you can push the wiring up and out of the way without wrecking your signal switch. now remove 1 philips head screw holding the ignition switch in place and pry it out gently with a flat screwdriver.

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