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How do you deactivate airbags on 1997 Geo Prizm to install a new Ignition Switch?

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Disconnect battery, either negative or positive terminal.

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How do you replace an ignition cylindern lock for a 1996 geo prizm

nut shell
Disable the Airbag system it is extremely dangerous to any mechanic.
i recommend a factory service manual as there are many pitfalls.
battery disconnected (minus lug only) safest.
remove plastics from steering , and combo switch area.
see ignition switch.
remove connector to switch (follow cable to conn)
remove the tamper screws. (the FSM explains all this)
remove clamp at main switch,
remove steering wheel if switch will not split and come off.
this can be very tricky as the airbag as a mainspring here and must
not be damaged or loss of timng in the spring, the FSM explaiins
all this and is far from the scope of a blog/forum, to say the least .
the above will convince you go get pro help or read the manual.
the FSM.

Apr 27, 2013 | Geo Prizm Cars & Trucks

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Ignition lock cylinder removal column

first defeat the air bag system. as that can be very dangerous to any mech. working so close to the driver air bag !!!
some time the (toyota/gm) car was renamed to 1998 Chev, Prism.
this happened in 1997 at the NUMMI factory in calif. why do i mention this , that is because they made may changes , at a spec.
chassis vin number in 1997. some have Toy 4A engine others 7a.
vast changes, and most online FSM books are vague to the extreme here.
but the basic procedure,
1: better minus pull.
2: air bag defeat. the above battery disconnect does not kill air bags
for some time.. (long)
3: steering base plastics, remove.
4: remove anti-theft temper screws (takes some skill )
5: remove key switch connector. (at end of switch pig tail)
6: key switch is not free to spin,
7: some require the steering wheel to be pulled.
if 7 is true, learn first hot to not loose the Air bag coil spring timing.
I highly recommend getting a real shop manual for this car.
working blind can be dangerous to you and others.
the books are not rare, i say get one.

Apr 27, 2013 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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I need to turn off the airbag light on my dashboar dont know how to do it?

I think the dealer has to do that or it might be a sensor best to have it look at you don't want any problems if your in a accident

Dec 15, 2012 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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I have 1997 geo prizm and i need to reset the airbag light.but i don`t know how to do it?

bags are complex tech.
there is no reset, but you can pull the battery neg lug
for 5 to 15minutes. and then try.
the air bags have huge caps in side that hold a huge charge.
just pull it , watch TV , then go back and put it all back and pray.

or read this.

discounted link

Dec 15, 2012 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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I'm working on a 97 geo prizm and need to find the ignition relay,I rplaced the ignition switch and have no power getting to the switch,there is power at the harness and I can bypass the switch an

If you can jump it at the switch and get it to start, then the ignition relay must be working. It is hard to tell from your post but I think you are using power from another source to do this? I am thinking you have a blown fuse on the wire the furnishes power to you ignition switch.

Feb 12, 2012 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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Key won't turn and sometimes gets stuck in 97 geo prizm. does this mean the whole ignition switch needs to be replaced, or just the lock cylinder?

yea it sounds like you have warn tumblers in the ignition. look at your key. the edges are all rounded off. a good lock smith will be able to key your ignition with the key that fits your car door

hope this helps you bob

May 01, 2011 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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93 geo prizm....the airbag light

Don't touch this vehicle,the airbag has been deployed and a new whell attached without resetting the code.

Mar 24, 2010 | 1993 Geo Prizm

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Battery for 1997 Geo Prizm

No reason why you couldn't.

Nov 05, 2009 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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Key igntion switch is stuck

I would suggest wiggling the shifter up past park. It may loosen it up. Also you can lightly tap around ignition to get the pins inside to release.

May 22, 2009 | 1997 Geo Prizm

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