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Old 01-17-2004, 01:31 AM   #1
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Ever since i've had my car the switch only goes from lock to on to start. No accessory. The switch seems to have a lot of play in it so i'm thinking it'* bad. Any tips on how to get out the old one and put in a new one. I've got the chilton manual so I have a pretty good idea what i'm doing. I'm afraid that one of these days the switch won't go the other way either.
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mmm I believe most ignitions will come out fairly easily once you get access to the side of them. Look at the cylinder (after completely exposed) and find the small button. It really doesn't even look like a button, just a tiny hole with a little piece of metal down inside, its really small. Turn to ON, Press that button, pull cylinder out! I had a problem with the cylinder on my focus and it came out like that...well we drilled it but it SHOULD have came out like that Good luck
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GM cars are different than a ford. lol
here is what you need to do ok

1. remove the steering wheel
2. using a lock plate depressor, remove the lock plate.the depressor will push it down and you will need to use 2 small picks to remove the locking ring and slide it up onto the depressor shaft.
3. remove the turn signal cancel cam
4. remove the screws from the turn signal switch, including the hazard button screw, and lift it out of the way.
5. remove the key dinger switch, be careful because there is a metal flate spring under it.
6. there is a small bolt, usually a torx head, just under where the lock cylinder goes through, remove this,
7. pull the lock cylinder out.
8. install in reverse order.
hope this helps you
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check out a previous post i had involving the fixing of a loose steeringwheel. I explained it step by step from the removal of the wheel to removal of the ignition cylinder and then some. you just need the part to where i removed the ignition cylinder. However the description given above was pretty good too.

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Old 01-18-2004, 07:28 PM   #5
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with a loose steering wheel, you need to tighten the tilt bolts, once its this far, just remove the spring retainer and use a 1/4" drive extention with a universal on it and the correct E-TORX to tighten them up. this is very common on all GM cars and trucks with a tilt wheel.
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