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How-to » Engine » Starting, Charging & Electrical » How to Replace an Ignition Switch
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace an Ignition Switch

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  • Ignition Switch
  • Manual
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Locate your battery.
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Touch the ground side probe of the DMM to the negative battery post and the power side probe of the DMM to the positive battery post with the vehicle running.
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Locate your ignition switch.
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Gain access to the wiring behind the ignition switch.
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Touch the ground side probe of the DMM to a good known ground (such as an unpainted screw to the body frame or door hinge bolt).
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Back probe the power side probe of the DMM to the wire that connects the ignition switch to the fuse in the START position.
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Read the current voltage reading on the DMM. You should have full battery voltage running through the ignition switch at this time. A significant drop (a reading such as 10 Volts or lower) would indicate high resistance in the ignition switch.
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Turn the car off.
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Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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Remove any screws holding the body of the switch to the steering column.
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Disconnect the wiring harness from the ignition switch.
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Replace with new switch.
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Reverse procedure for installation (connecting the battery cables last), test that the key rotates properly in all positions and that the car starts to verify your repairs.
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