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Trying to disassemble steering gear to change out the ignition switch. Have the steering gear removed but cannot figure out how to get round disc peice out to get down to ignition

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Ok what kind of car is it if it has like plastic all around the colum its screwed on

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

  • chris07551 Jul 29, 2008

    yes i had a look take the steering wheel off and the plastic cover ha screws under neith


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Make sure you follow safety procedures when doing so, specially when handling the airbag.

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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.

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  2. Remove sight shield.
  3. Remove module bracket.
  4. Disconnect No. 6 spark plug wire to prevent damage to wire.
  5. Remove radiator fan shroud assembly.
  6. Remove top RH isolated radiator mount bracket.
  7. Remove remote air cleaner.
  8. Remove ignition coil.
  9. Disconnect electrical connector on power steering pressure switch at steering gear.
  10. Remove pressure switch to allow for tool clearance.
  11. Remove screw at pressure switch and return line bracket.
  12. Remove anti rattle clips from power steering lines.
  13. Remove plastic strap attaching steering gear heat shield to power steering return line.
  14. Remove plastic strap attaching lines to transfer tube on the steering gear.
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Need to change out the ignition key switch assembly. Have pulled the steering wheel and can't figure out how to get the rest of the housings off to get access to the switch to replace it.

Can't remember exactly what a dodge PU is like, but on many the turn signal switch is the next layer.
Some vehicles, like GM, have a steering lock plate that need a pressing tool in order to extract a retaining clip. But most are not that complex.

When you get down to the part that is the cast metal ignition housing, the thing to look for is a hole.
If you look at the new lock, it will show you what retains its. It is often a spring tab that pushes outward. When the lock is inserted, the spring is compressed until it reaches a recess. then it can push out again. And that retains it. But the spring tab can be again depressed by pushing on it through a small hole provided.

But it depends on what you are changing.
If it is just the electrical portion of the ignition, sometimes thre is a small retaining screw, and the palstic switch can then be slid down.

If the whole steering lock comes with the switch and key assemply, then there usually a shear bolts. The whole assembly clamps around the steering column, and you tighten bolts until their head shear off, leaving rounded heads that are hard to remove (but can be removed with a chisel turning them).

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See Figure 1

0900c15280047a11.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 1: Ignition switch assembly
If equipped with an air bag system, make certain to follow the recommended disarming procedure before, and rearming procedure after, repairs.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and disable the air bag system, if equipped.
  2. Remove the column to instrument panel trim plates and attaching nuts.
  3. Lower the steering column and disconnect the shift indicator cable.
  4. Disconnect the ignition and dimmer switch wire connectors.

The steering column must be supported at all times to prevent damage.
  1. Remove the switch attaching screws and remove the dimmer switch followed by the ignition switch.

To install:
  1. Move the key lock to the LOCK position.
  2. Move the actuator rod hole in the switch to the LOCK position.
  3. Install the switch with the rod in the hole. Adjust the ignition switch as follows:
    1. 1990 - Place a 3/32 inch drill bit in the hole on the switch to lock the switch into position. Move the switch slider to the extreme left position then move the slider 1 detent to the right OFF LOCK position. Remove the drill bit.
    2. 1991-93 - Install the ignition switch in the LOCK position. Move the switch slider to the extreme right position and move the slider 1 detent to the left LOCK position. Depress switch mechanism slightly to insert a 3/32 inch drill bit into ignition switch.

  4. Position and reassemble the steering column in reverse of the disassembly following the proper coil centering procedure. Enable the air bag system, if equipped, as follows:
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    2. Install the SIR fuse to the fuse block.
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Saw, It sounds like the accuator rod from the ignition lock cylinder to the ignition switch is broken or disconnected.
If you look near the base of the steering column you wll see the ignition switch mounted to the steering column. As you turn the key you should see the rod move up and down, if not, you will have to disassemble to figure out why.
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your steering switch probly burnt internally, that is the thing that the turn signal and wiper switch is attched too, the steering wheel needs ot be removed to replace it.

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