How do you replace the ignition switch on a 1995 Honda Accord?
im posting this because when i looked for help nobody was able
to help, so here it goes. to begin with im not sure if this is for
an ignition switch, or the tumbler ignition piece, but i had to
replace the ignition part as some a-hole had stolen my car and had
used a screwdriver most likely to bust the ignition so you can now
start it with anything.
on to the fix! i took it to a mechanic, he said it would be 330
to fix. 195 for the part, and labor was the rest. i said screw
that, and went to a Honda aftermarket parts dealer in portland, or
(autoadventure), and bought one for $165. the guys there are
awesome by the way. so from there i was going to take it back to
the mechanic for straight labor, but the guys said i could do it.
so i did.
its easy, all you need is a screwdriver, a hammer, and a flat
head screw driver. you need the screw driver to take off the
plastic covering surrounding the ignition, its the piece between
the steering wheel and the dash. theres some recessed screws you
want to be sure to get or you will break the thing. i think there
is a total of 6 or so you need to get. then there are plastic tabs
you need to gently undo to get it apart (like those small plastic
Easter eggs kinda). from there you can see the ignition assembly in
plain sight. from there you notice that there are only 2 screws
holding the thing to the steering column.
i was confused at first because it looks like there are 2 rivets
holding it in place, but in fact they are screws whose heads have
been shaved off in factory. all you need to do is take your hammer
and flat head screwdriver, and wedge the screwdriver head in
between the lip of the piece and the screw, and bang it towards the
counterclockwise direction. this takes some time, and if at first
you are scared, don't be. you don't care about that part anyways.
you should have already gotten the replacement ignition (tumbler,
key hole, and electronics in one solid piece) so you don't need
that anyways. after you bang on it for a while, they should give a
little bit, so you can basically unscrew them with your fingers.
from there it is a quick switch. unplug the electronics from the
unit, and plug in the new one, bolt it on and replace the covering
and you are golden, and are $200 ahead of the neck punk mechanic
who tries to rip you off. hope this helps!
You may not even need to get the complete tumbler and key hole
part. Your only problem may be just the ignition wire that connects
to the back of the tumbler and is relatively easy to replace. This
part may go for about 80$ . I would recommend that you try to
replace this part first because it may save you from the trouble of
replacing the whole ignition unit which costs about $250(this is if
your car starts but does not stay turned on or if your car's power
turns off when you are driving). I went through the trouble of
taking the whole ignition unit off but just found that it was the
ignition wire on my 90 Honda Accord. And if your actual key
insertion cylinder is damaged, where you put your key in and turn
the car on, then I found that most auto-parts stores Like Kragans
or AutoZone have replacement key cylinders with a new set of keys
for about $30. Don't replace the tumbler body if you don't have to
because again, they are about $250. The Key cylinder should slip
out of the body by pushing a little button down that is on the side
while the key is turned at the I position. That's all I got for