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Ignition switch - to replace it, do you have to replace the whole steering column or just the switch?

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Hi, you have a saginaw column. The switch is bolted to the column under the dash. If your problem is electrical, this is a cheap and easy repair. When buying a new switch, be sure to specify if your column is tilt or no-tilt. Remove the dash panel below the column for easier access. There are 2 plugs in the switch. Remove the smaller black one first, then the larger one. There are small tabs on the connectors you have to push in. The switch is held on by 2 bolts on the left side of the column--usually about 5/16". You might have to unbolt the column bracket from the dash and drop it down a bit to access the switch bolts. Remove those bolts and pull the switch up. The actuation rod from the key barrell is pushed into the switch and must slide out before the switch can come completely out. Slide the new switch onto the actuation rod and bolt everything back up.

Now, if the problem is with the key barrell and not electrical, that is a completely different procedure. Please get back to me in that case.

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The switch can be replaced on it's own.

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