I have a 76 that needs the ignition switch changed. I have the wheel
off, but can't figure out how to get the next piece off to get access
to the key clinder and switch. It looks like a flat plastic cover.
hole in the face of the switch and depress the cylinder's lock while
turning the cylinder past accessory and pull it out. Insert new lock
with the new key in it turned to accessory and turn it to start, done.
Easy if you still have a working key and you have the switch that has
the hole that is not covered with a plastic shroud, otherwise all bets
It's a basic column no telescopic or tilt. I got the ring off and the
turn signal switch is hanging out, I took out the 4 bolts holding the
next piece of the column but it seems to be connected to somehing I
cannot see. This all started when the key started sticking in the
start mode and not returning to run. Hopefully I haven't ruined the
starter. I'll save that for another day. Advice I got from a local guy
said try to clean up the lock cylinder, maybe the ignition switch
doesn't need changing. Once I get in there should I change it anyway
being it's not too expensive of a part according to a parts catalog?
you have to have a depressor to push the steering locking
plate down so you can remove the retainer ring that's
holding it in place.
if you don't have a compressor? you can use a couple if
hammer handles, place one at 9:00 o'clock and the other at
3:00 o'clock, place the other ends against you chest and
push inward to compress and hold the steering locking plate
while you remove the retainer ring. you can also have
someone help you hold the locking plate
down while you remove the retainer ring. note: you have to
walk the retainer ring up the steering post to remove it. a
couple of small flat-head screw drivers will help you
after you have removed the ring and the steering locking
plate, look at you new ignition and you will see a back
spring loaded retainer near the rear of the ignition.
Picture where that will be when its installed. look at that
general area. you may have to take a flat screw-driver and
punch a hole through the pot-metal that is probably covering
up retainer that's holding the lock in place. you may or
many not have to remove the key-buzzer actuator if its in
the way? after you have installed your new ignition, reverse
another way is to get a body hammer and screw it into your
keyway at least an inch and slam the ignition out. this will
work because you have a retainer type ignition. this method
will not work on newer models as they have a screw that
holds the ignition in.
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