I need to remove the cover for my steering column so I can access the wiring to the ignition switch and the turn indicator lever. I tried removing the bolts, but the cover appears to be all one piece. There is another bolt attached to a clamp below the cover. I don't think I can slide the cover down because of how the ignition sits where the actual key fits in is. Any help? Thanks
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Re: VW steering column 1969
With the bolts removed try gently prying it apart at the centre often they still lock in aswell as use screws so although you have removed the screws its still clipped together it should separate with some gentle assistance
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Remove the plastic cover from the steering column. The cover is two pieces held together by screws that thread through the bottom piece of plastic into the top piece. Remove the screws and pull the cover off. This exposes the large square ignition switch. The key cylinder connects to the ignition switch.
Remove the tamper-proof Torx screws that secure the ignition to the steering column using a tamper-proof Torx driver. You can get this type of Torx driver from your local auto part store.
Pull the wiring harness out of the ignition switch.
Place the ignition key into the cylinder and turn it onto the auxiliary position. Push the metal pin on the ignition switch in using a screwdriver and slide the ignition cylinder half way out of the ignition switch. Turn the key to the off position and slide the cylinder all the way out of the ignition switch.
Place the key into the new cylinder, slide the cylinder into the ignition switch half way. Turn the key to the auxiliary position and slide the cylinder in the rest of the way. Remove the key from the cylinder.
Press the wiring harness onto the ignition switch.
Secure the switch to the steering column using the tamper-proof Torx driver.
Place the covers back onto the steering column and secure them using the screwdriver.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the steering wheel, and then remove the steering column covers.
Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
Remove the clamping washer, spring and contact ring from the steering column, and then remove the lock housing up off the column tube and steering column.
Remove the ignition switch mounting fastener and remove the switch.
Installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following:
Press the contact ring, spring and clamping washer onto the steering column using a properly sized and sturdy metal pipe or tube. If after installation of the clamping washer, the steering column is not projecting out far enough, pull the steering column out further.
Insert the ignition key into the ignition switch lock cylinder and turn to the RUN position.
Insert a punch through the hole in the lower steering column shroud and push the ignition switch lock cylinder release tab while pulling out the ignition switch lock cylinder.
Twist the tilt wheel handle and shank (3F609) and remove.
NOTE: Move gear selector to lowest position to access steering column opening cover. Release the four clips and remove the steering column opening cover.
Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
Remove the three screws.
Remove the lower steering column shroud.
Remove the upper steering column shroud.
Remove the multi function switch.
Remove the two screws.
Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Remove the multi function switch.
NOTE: When the battery (10655) is disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the vehicle relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven 16 km (10 mi) or more to relearn the strategy. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
The ignition key cylinder in a Buick
unlocks the ignition and allows the Buick's engine to start. The
cylinder contains a switch on the end of it (inside the cylinder) that
sends an electric signal to the starter motor. When the ignition key
cylinder fails, the Buick won't start. When this happens, you'll need a
new ignition cylinder. Purchase replacement cylinders from Buick. Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Remove the screws on the bottom of the steering column on
your Buick. These screws hold the steering column cover on. You may need
to tilt the steering wheel to its highest position to access these
Turn the ignition key to the "II" position in the ignition cylinder.
Slide the punch pin into the access slot on the bottom of the ignition cylinder.
Push the pin all the way into the access slot while you pull the ignition cylinder out of the steering column.
Insert the new ignition cylinder into the steering column with the key in the "II" position on the cylinder.
Push the cylinder into the column until it "clicks," indicating that it is locked into the column.
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.
The ignition switch is located on the top of the steering column underneath the dash.
1. Remove the cover panel from under the steering column and you should see the bracket that holds up the steering column, but before you un-bolt the bracket to lower the steering column, you must remove the clip holding the shifter position indicator cable to the column. (put the shifter into drive and you should be able to see the screw that holds the shift indicator cable adjusting clip to the steering column)
2. Remove the bracket holding up the steering column and carefully let the steering column down as far as it will go, the steering wheel will probably be resting on the seat.
3. You should now be able to see the ignition switch on the top of the steering column, and the two mounting bolts. The high beam switch might share the upper ignition switch bolt, and you will then need to remove the high beam switch before you can remove the ignition switch.
4. Remove the ignition switch mounting bolts (usually 5/16 but I have also seen 11/32 and 3/8 size bolt heads used)
5. Remove the ignition switch by lifting straight up from the column to dis-engage the interlink rod from the ignition tumbler assembly, you should then be able to pull the ignition over towards you just enough to dis-connect the two wire connectors to the switch and then you can remove the old switch from the vehicle. (the interlink rod is sticking straight up from the steering column and it slides up and down with the operation of the key, it fits into a notch in the ignition switch and that is what actuates the switch)
6. Reverse procedure to install new switch, starting with re-connecting the wire connectors and be sure that the interlink rod goes into the notch in the ignition switch.
7. When the switch has been re-installed and is ready to be adjusted, turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position and hold the key in that position and slide the ignition switch up and down until it is in the on position and your dash lights come on, tighten up the ignition switch mounting bolts and then test the operation of the switch, and re-adjust if necessary until the switch operates properly.
8. Adjust the high beam switch by pulling back on the high beam lever and just taking up the slack in the actuator rod to the high beam switch, test the operation of the high beam switch and re-adjust if necessary.
9. When the steering column is bolted back up, re-attach and adjust the shifter position indicator by placing the shifter in neutral and slide the adjusting cable clip until the shift indicator is pointing in the neutral position, test the function of the shift indicator and adjust as necessary.
***As per Haynes Manual for your Vehicle*** Warning: if your vehicle is equipped with a suplemental inflatable restraint (SIR) system, always disengage airbags before working in the vicinity of the sterring wheel to avoid accidental deployment of airbags.
1. disconnect the negative cable at the battery
2. Remove the steering wheel if it interferes with the access to the steering column covers on your vehicle. Remove the steering column covers.
3. Unplug the wires from the ignition switch, remove bolts and lift the switch off the steering column.
4. Installation os the reverse of removal.
Hope this Helps! I have a an illustration and it looks that the switch is on the left side of the steering column. If you need any information or help removing the Steering wheel or steering column covers let me know! Good Luck.