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1996 Saturn 1.9L 4 door Need test & Replace Instructions for ignition switch ( R & R)

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  • adams5832 Apr 02, 2011

    How do you test ign. switch to make sure its bad.

  • adams5832 Apr 02, 2011

    How to test ign. switch on 1996 saturn 1.9 L

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Hi, since the switch removal is not easy, you probably want to check it before removing. There is a U-Tube video for removal here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni4nw_exMOY

Unfortunately, the video does not include testing.

To test, use a 12 volt test light and check the circuits that should be powered when the switch is in various positions. For example, if the starter is not working, you would check for voltage at the yellow wire. You can access these wires by back-probing the connector at the base of the steering column, where the wires exit the column. There is an eight-wire connector for the ignition switch. Connect your test light clip to a good ground point on the dash frame. The red wire is hot coming in. Make sure it's hot by sticking your probe in the back of the connector at the red wire. Next, probe the yellow wire while you turn the switch to start. Also probe the pink wire with the switch turned to start. With the key in the run position, the brown wire and the pink wire should be hot.
Finally, if your problem is with the accessories, like the blower or the radio, etc., probe the fuse panel with the key in accessory position. The fuses to the accessories should light the light.
Is this the kind of test you were looking for, or am I off track?

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Hi, the ignition switch in your Saturn is located behind the ignition lock cylinder, here are a few tips to guide you through.

Remove the three screws securing the upper trim cover of the steering column. The screws feed up through the bottom trim cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove them and lift the upper trim cover out of the way.

Remove the two bolts securing the ignition switch to the steering column using a socket and ratchet. The ignition switch is located just below the tilt steering arm in the column.

Unplug the electrical connector from the ignition switch. Remove the switch from the steering column and discard it.

Plug the electrical connector into the connection on the new switch. Insert the new ignition switch into position and secure it using the two mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 13 inch-pounds with a torque wrench.

Replace the upper steering column trim cover and secure it with the three screws. Use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten them into position.

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