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1972 VW Bug ignition switch

I am trying to take the ignition switch out of the steering column of my 1972 VW bug. The steering wheel, turn signal and wiper assemblys are already out. Also the screws that hold the switch in are also out but I still cannot get the switch out. The wheels are locked to the left. Is there something that I should be doing to make this easier to disassemble?

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  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    Same problem...I came here for asistance but...some free advice will be appreciated...Thanks...JC

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    thanks that helped!

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Put the Key in the ignition and turn the key. It should disengage the steering lock and you should be able to pull it out. Make sure you unplug the switch from the back.
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