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How do you change out the ignition mechanism on a 97 Breeze that has recurring problems with the ignition cylinder?

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2007-02-09 11:17:25
2007-02-09 11:17:25

FYI: this is all in a Chilton's/Haynes manual 15-20 bucks at all automotive stores. disconnect the battery. wait a few min for the residual energy to disapate. take off the plastic around the steering columb. should only be 3-4 screws on the underside. place the key in the ignition and turn to the "run" position. look up into the underside of the columb. on the left hand side is the ignition switch and to the right is the ignition cylinder. on the switch you will see a TORX screw. undo the screw (no 10, i think). the switch should be removable now--there may be another screw, i can't remember. anyway, remove the switch. it can easily be replaced just like it came out. but make sure it is in the exact same way it came out. the cylinder notches into the switch in only one direction. you may have to play with it. i did. Note: when you turn the key it turns a spring-loaded mechanism inside the switch and activates certain contacts. i.e. start-run-stop-acc. the cylinder can only be removed if the key is in, and in the "run" position. it will just pull out. once you pull it out, you can remove the key and examine it for damage/wear. if it's bad, it's usually expensive to replace (here in Hawaii it's nearly 200bucks) install in reverse order hope this helps, David Dub Tek Motor Werks,Hawaii

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