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How to replace ignition switch on a 1989 jeep cherekee when key is stuck in on position

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Remove the steering wheel via popping the horn cap off undo the main nut with a 4 way tire lug wrench then removing the plates screws covers and turn signal lever after that ull need a t15 torx bit to undo the screw holding the switch in reassembly is is easy just in reverse order replacement keylock cylinder is 14.95 at autozone

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  1. On models equipped with airbag, disarm airbag as described under MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES/AIRBAG SYSTEM DISARMING.
  2. On all models, disconnect battery ground cable.
  4. Remove key light case from lock body, if equipped.
  5. On 1989 Accord models, place ignition lock cylinder in the ACC position.
  6. On except 1989 Accord, place ignition lock in the I position.
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    3. Rotate key to I position, then push pin in and insert lock cylinder into housing until pin clicks into place.
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SRS wire harness is routed near the ignition switch.

  • All SRS electrical wiring harnesses are covered with yellow outer insulation.
  • Before disconnecting the SRS wire harness, install the short connector on the airbag.
  • Replace the entire affected SRS harness assembly if it has an open circuit or damaged wiring.
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  2. Disconnect the 7-P connector from the under-dash fuse box.
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  4. Remove the 2 screws and replace the base of the switch.

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