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Installing steering column in a 1991 camaro rs coupe cannot find hookup for roe from ignition key to switch on steering column, need a diagram to see if I am missing a piece

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  • ob1unome May 12, 2010

    Thanks guys, the diagram was exactly what I needed, car is done and ready to roll. Worth every penny I paid you, thanks again



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    Harvey N Tawatao May 12, 2010

    Welcome. keep me posted if you need any more help, i work part time at a speed shop and still love the old school cars to work on.

    Thanks again for using fixya.




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I had just replaced my ignition lock cylinder in my 92 Camaro Rs, and I'm under going several problems. Problem #1: My brand new ignition lock cylinder won't lock as to where the key cannot...

If all you did was to remove things down to the turn signal switch to allow access to the screw that holds the lock cylinder in, I would check the ignition switch for being out of adjustment. Do you have to turn the key a long way to get the engine to turn over? If you have to do that as well then go towards the bottom of the column. The switch is held on my two screws (5/16..maybe one a phillips screw). Loosen the screws and slide the switch. In your case with not turning back far enough to get the key out I would say slide the swicth down towards the firewall. The high/lowbeam dimmer swicth is also attached to part of the ignition switch.

Your clockspring not going in makes me think you don't have the rest together correctly. There should be a heavy spring, them the white plastic horn/ signal actuator that fits around the top of the spring, then the lock plate, THEN, there is a C clip. Just a round metal clip that is split. The lock plate needs to be pressed down, usually with a tool (I have used my thumbs and a budies help in the past) then that clip slides over the shaft and down into a grove to keep the lock plate down tight.
If that is not done then this could also be the reason why your column feels loose. Another reason for that is at times there are four Torx bolts that work themselves loose. If the column was tight before I would bet its the clip is not in the lock plate.

I have pictures of when I replaced my ignition lock in my 91 (same column) I don't know if I can post them here though.
This is my forum. If you join and then PM me I can get you the pics. Then once that is done, if you wish you can delete your account.

Jul 26, 2011 | 1992 Chevrolet Camaro

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I just put a new ignition lock cylinder in my 92 Camaro Rs and I can't turn the key to lock which keeps it from releasing the key. What should I do?

Your ignition switch may be out of adjustment. If you did not pull apart the whole column and get the rack, which is opposite the lock cylinder, out of time then try sliding the switch downwards.
The swicth is located at the bottom of the column on top of the tube.

Jul 25, 2011 | 1992 Chevrolet Camaro

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Need to replace the entire ignition how to remove the steering out of the way

(see Figure 1)
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the lower column trim panel, then remove the steering column-to-instrument panel fasteners and carefully lower the column for access to the switch.
  3. Place the ignition switch in the OFF-LOCK position.
If the lock cylinder was removed on vehicles through 1991, the actuating rod should be pulled up until it stops, then moved down one detent; the switch is now in the Lock position.


Fig. 1: Adjusting the ignition switch

  1. Remove the ignition switch-to-steering column retainers, then remove the assembly.
To install:
  1. Before installing the ignition switch, place it in the OFF-LOCK position, then make sure that the lock cylinder and actuating rod are in the Locked position (1st detent from the top or 1st detent to the right of far left detent travel).
Most replacement switches are pinned in the OFF-LOCK position for installation purposes. If so, the pin MUST be removed after installation or damage may occur.
  1. Install the activating rod into the ignition switch and assemble the switch onto the steering column. Once the switch is properly positioned, tighten the ignition switch-to-steering column retainers to 35 inch lbs. (4.0 Nm).
When installing the ignition switch, use only the specified screws since over length screws could impair the collapsibility of the column.
  1. Raise the column into position and secure, then install any necessary trim plates.
  2. Make sure the ignition is OFF , then connect the negative battery cable.

Ignition Lock Cylinder - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
(see Figure 1)
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Matchmark and remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the turn signal switch from the column and allow it to hang from the wires (leaving them connected). For details, please refer to the procedure located earlier in this section.
  4. For vehicles through 1991, place the lock cylinder in the Run position.
  5. For 1992-93 vehicles, remove the buzzer switch assembly.

Fig. 1: Ignition cylinder replacement

  1. Carefully remove the lock cylinder screw and the lock cylinder. If possible, use a magnetic tipped screwdriver on the screw in order to help prevent the possibility of dropping it.
CAUTION If the screw is dropped upon removal, it could fall into the steering column, requiring complete disassembly in order to retrieve the screw and prevent damage.
To install:
  1. Align and install the lock cylinder set. On vehicles through 1991 it will be necessary to rotate the switch clockwise to align the cylinder key with the keyway in the housing.
  2. Push the lock cylinder all the way in, then carefully install the retaining screw. Tighten the screw to 22 inch lbs. (2.5 Nm) on tilt columns or to 40 inch lbs. (4.5 Nm) on standard non-tilt columns.
  3. If necessary, install the buzzer switch assembly.
  4. Reposition and secure the turn signal switch assembly
  5. Align and install the steering wheel.
  6. Make sure the ignition is OFF , then connect the negative battery cable.

Keep us updated about your advance.

Jan 13, 2011 | 1987 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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Where is the ignition switch on a 95 camaro

At the bottom of steering column on key side is the electrical ignition switch.

Aug 10, 2010 | 1995 Chevrolet Camaro

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Ingnition won't turn past the accessory position

There is a piece of forged metal that is called a rack that attaches to a rod that gies down to the bottom of the column to the Ignition switch these racks have been known to break and jamb up and I have also seen Ignition switches jamb also. Go to the base of the column and remove the switch and see if the key lock cylinder moves all the way now. Then trace your problem to either a jambed Ignition switch or a bad rack and rod.

Jul 26, 2010 | 1989 Chevrolet Camaro

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How do I replace my ignition switch on my 1985 audi coupe gt?


The ignition switch is usually mounted to the steering column and is operated by a linkage rod.

On column-mounted ignition switches, don't confuse the switch with the lock cylinder and keys. The ignition switch is not normally visible.
On some vehicles, the steering column support has to be removed and the column lowered to find the ignition switch. On others, the switch is accessible under the dash

The ignition switch is operated by the key switch.

To replace the switch:
  • Remove the ignition switch wiring harness.
  • Unbolt it from its position.
  • Bolt the new switch into position.
  • Attach the witing harness.
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Jul 24, 2010 | 1985 Audi GT

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Replace ignition in 1999 camaro

The steering wheel does have to come off to access the ignition lock cylinder, however the ignition switch is mounted to the column and does not require the wheel to be removed. A locksmith would have rekeyed the lock cylinder. The high beam switch is mounted of the left side of the column and is actuated by a 6 inch long rod. This does not require the wheel to come off.

Feb 24, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Camaro

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If you do not have a pass key any more, then you will need to dissable the antitheft (pass key module) in order for the engine to turn over. From what I gather you have replaced the column with an older version, which will not allow any comm. with the module. The pass key module enables the starter circuit. See diagram.


Sep 27, 2009 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

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I have a 91 camaro rs i put a starter in it it wont start. the guy i got it from made a new key at a chevy dealer i think why wont it do anything. ty john

If the key turns, that's all it needs to do. Check, with a test light, to see if you have power to the starter. It could be a dirty loose battery cable, or a faulty cable, or a fuseable link in the positie cable that is gone. It could be the ignition switch itself. Not the key and tumbler, the switch on the steering column. You'll have to do some checking.

Jun 29, 2009 | 1991 Chevrolet Camaro

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Help locating the Ignition Switch on a 2001 Camaro PLEASE!

It should be located on the right side of the steering column about half way to the floor. It is activated by a rod connected to the lock key cylinder that runs down the column to the switch.
Let me know if you need anything further.
Good luck.

Feb 21, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Camaro

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