Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be disarmed before working around the steering column. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment of the air bags, resulting in unnecessary SIR system repairs and/or personal injury.

  1. Disarm the air bag system, refer to the Air Bag section of this manual.
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  3. Remove the left end instrument panel cover/fuse panel and remove the retaining screw holding the end of the instrument panel top cover.
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  5. Remove the instrument panel center bezel.
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  7. Remove the screws that secure the instrument panel top cover to the center of the instrument panel.
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  9. Lift the instrument panel top cover enough to gain access to the knee bolster attaching screws.
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  11. Remove the lower knee bolster attaching screws and knee bolster from the vehicle.
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  13. Remove the lower steering column cover attaching screws. Pull down on the lower cover to clear the ignition key cylinder and key release (if equipped).
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  15. Remove the lower steering column cover, sliding the cover forward while holding down the steering wheel tilt lever.
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  17. Tilt the steering wheel down to the fully lowered position and remove the upper steering column cover.
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  19. Remove the screws that hold the combination switch to the ignition lock housing.
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  21. Place the ignition lock cylinder in the RUN position.
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  23. Insert a small prying tool into the hole in the lower cover and depress the cylinder release tab.
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  25. Remove the ignition lock cylinder from the steering column.

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    Fig. Disengaging the lock cylinder retaining tabs



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    Fig. Remove the ignition switch mounting screw using a No. 10 Torx® bit



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    Fig. Depress the retaining tabs and remove the switch

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  27. Unfasten the electrical connectors from the switch.
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  29. Using a No. 10 Torx® bit, remove the ignition switch mounting screw.
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  31. Depress the retaining tabs and remove the switch.
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To install:

  1. Place the ignition switch in the RUN position. Be sure the actuator shaft in the lock housing is also in the RUN position.
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  3. Install the switch, making sure the switch snaps over the retaining tabs.
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  5. Install the retaining screw.

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    Fig. Installing the ignition switch onto the lock cylinder

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  7. Connect the wiring to the ignition switch.
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  9. Install the ignition lock cylinder.
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  11. Install the 2 combination switch mounting screws.
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  13. Install the lower and upper shrouds.
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  15. Install the knee bolster to the lower dashboard panel and tighten the lower knee bolster attaching screws.
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  17. Install the screws that secure the instrument panel top cover to the center of the instrument panel.
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  19. Install the instrument panel center bezel.
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  21. Install and tighten the screw holding the end of the instrument panel top cover. Install the left side instrument panel/fuse panel cover.
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  23. Arm the air bag system, refer to the Air Bag section of this manual. Check for proper ignition switch and key-in warning switch operation.
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