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Elec Topicsreplacing ignition switch
working on a 74 satellite of my friends, think the ignition switch (key switch) might be bad, 2 questions, how do you replace it and where do we get one that isnt costly like year ones prices?
Local Chain store or parts house.
can you get by without the special tool? you say auto zone would have the keyswitch?
It is designed to hold down the lock plate while you release the snapring. I guess there is a way around it but I do not know it. I have a key switch here for a ramcharger colum that I got from discount auto parts and it looks the same as one from a duster.
i have never done this before, is it simple or a pain in the butt?
If its not a tilt wheel, its easy as pie.
Then, remove the four screws holding the outer column part to the inner, pull the snap ring off the shaft and pull the housign and bearing out as one.
Column lock cars will need to have the pin holding the round lock piece driven out and that piece pulled. Ther emay be a coller blocking the pin, pry it off.
Then, you can see the ignition lock and the switch. Looking along the round area where the lock is, you can see a little round hole. That is how the lock is held in. Push in on the retainer through the hole and pop the lock out. No key in this step.
Assembly is the reverse of disassembly! Push the new lock in, stack on the column pieces, the signal switch, and finally the steering wheel.
Make sure the main power lead is not melted at bulkhead intersect connection. They have a nasty habit of doing that I have had numerous problems with my 73 doing the same thing. I also had a break roughly 10" into the bulkhead wiring