Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Ignition Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4


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, as described in Chassis Electrical .
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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. Fig. 1: Disengaging the lock cylinder retaining tabs



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the ignition switch mounting screw using a No. 10 Torx® bit



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Fig. Fig. 3: Depress the retaining tabs and remove the switch

  1. Unfasten the electrical connectors from the switch.
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  3. Using a No. 10 Torx® bit, remove the ignition switch mounting screw.
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  5. 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. Fig. 4: Installing the ignition switch onto the lock cylinder

  1. Connect the wiring to the ignition switch.
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  3. Install the ignition lock cylinder.
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  5. Install the 2 combination switch mounting screws.
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  7. Install the lower and upper shrouds.
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  9. Install the knee bolster to the lower dashboard panel and tighten the lower knee bolster attaching screws.
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  11. Install the screws that secure the instrument panel top cover to the center of the instrument panel.
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  13. Install the instrument panel center bezel.
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  15. 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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  17. Arm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical . Check for proper ignition switch and key-in warning switch operation.
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Sebring Coupe and Avenger

See Figure 5


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 system repairs and/or personal injury.

  1. Disarm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering wheel.
  4.  


CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the motion of the module if it is accidentally deployed.

  1. Remove the hood lock release handle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the knee protector.
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  5. Remove the steering column upper and lower covers. Use care removing covers to prevent breakage of the alignment tabs.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the ignition switch and lock cylinder components, as well as torque specifications

  1. Detach the combination switch and ignition switch harness connectors.
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  3. Unfasten the retaining screws and remove the entire column switch/clock spring assembly from the left side of the steering column.
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  5. Remove the mounting screws from the ignition switch and pull the switch from the lock cylinder.
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  7. To remove the lock cylinder, insert the key and place it in the ACC position. With a small pointed tool, push the lock pin of the steering lock cylinder inward, and pull the lock cylinder out.
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To install:
  1. Install the lock cylinder into the lock housing. Be sure the lock pin snaps into place.
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  3. Install the ignition switch into the lock housing. Align the ignition switch's keyway with the lock cylinder and secure with mounting screws.
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  5. Install the column switch/clock spring assembly to the steering column and fasten the harness connections.
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  7. Install the knee protector and the hood release handle.
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  9. Install the clock spring, steering wheel and air bag module.
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  11. Arm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical . Check all functions of column-mounted switches and the ignition switch for proper operation.
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