2007 Jeep Compass

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner fresh air duct.
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  5. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable at the battery.
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  7. Remove the upper (1) and lower (2) steering column shrouds.

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    Fig. Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds

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  9. Position the steering column into the full down position.
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  11. Position the ignition key into the RUN position.
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  13. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
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  15. Remove the ignition module mounting screw (1).
    WARNING
    Extreme care must be taken when removing the ignition switch. The detent pin (3) located in the ignition cylinder housing is very delicate. Excessive force used when removing the ignition switch can cause this part to break. The ignition cylinder housing will need to be replace if this occurs.



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    Fig. Remove the mounting screw (1) from the ignition module (2)

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  17. Gently pull the ignition module (1) straight out and off of the retaining tabs (2) located on the lock cylinder housing.

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    Fig. Gently pull the ignition module straight out and off of the retaining tabs located on the lock cylinder housing

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  19. Pay close attention not to damage the detent pin in the lock cylinder housing when removing the ignition switch. Gently rotate the ignition switch counter-clockwise until the part of the ignition switch where the electrical connector (1) plugs in, clears the tilt lever (2), as shown. Remove the ignition switch from the lock cylinder housing.

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    Fig. Pay close attention not to damage the detent pin in the lock cylinder housing when removing the ignition switch

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To install:


WARNING
Carefully install the ignition switch to the slotted detent pin. If installed forcefully, the detent pin will break and the ignition cylinder lock housing will have to be replaced.

  1. Pay close attention not to damage the detent pin in the lock cylinder housing when installing the ignition switch. Position the ignition switch (1) as shown in order to clear the tilt lever (2).
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  3. Ensure the ignition module is in the RUN position and the actuator shaft in the lock housing is in the RUN position.
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  5. Align the ignition switch (1) with the detent pin (3), and the retaining tabs (2) located on the lock cylinder housing. Carefully install the module, snapping it into place over the retaining tabs. Make sure the ignition switch is fully seated.
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  7. Install the ignition module (2) mounting screw (1). Tighten the screw to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  9. Connect the ignition switch electrical connector.
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  11. Install the upper (1) and lower (2) steering column shrouds.
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  13. Install the air cleaner fresh air duct (2)
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable at battery.
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  17. Check the operation of all steering column mounted components.
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