Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Ignition Switch and Lock Cylinder

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Non-Acustar® Column-Except Premier and Monaco

1988-89 front wheel drive 6-cylinder Chrysler vehicles (as well as 1988-92 Premiers and Monacos) were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard or tilt steering column. 1990 models, other than Premier and Monaco, were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard column or an Acustar® tilt column. 1991-95 vehicles, other than Premier and Monaco, came equipped with the Acustar® (tilt or standard) steering column, which can be identified by the "halo'' light around the ignition key cylinder.

STANDARD COLUMN

See Figure 1


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

  1. Remove the steering wheel and turn signal switch from the steering column. For more details, refer to the turn signal switch removal procedure located earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. Unplug the horn and key light ground wires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the retaining screw and move the ignition key lamp assembly aside.
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  7. Remove the four screws that hold the bearing housing to the lock housing.
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  9. Remove the snapring from the upper end of the steering shaft.
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  11. Remove the bearing housing from the shaft.
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  13. Remove the lock plate spring and lock plate from the steering shaft.
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  15. Remove the ignition key, then remove the screw and lift out the buzzer/chime switch.
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  17. Remove the two screws attaching the ignition switch to the column jacket.
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  19. Remove the ignition switch by rotating the switch 90 degrees on the rod then sliding off the rod.
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  21. Remove the two mounting screws from the dimmer switch and disengage the switch from the actuator rod.
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  23. Remove the two screws that mount the bell crank and slide the bell crank up in the lock housing until it can be disconnected from the ignition switch actuator rod.
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  25. To remove the lock cylinder and lock lever, place the cylinder in the lock position and remove the key.
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  27. Insert a small diameter prytool or similar tool into the lock cylinder release holes and push in the release spring loaded lock retainers. At the same time pull the lock cylinder out of the housing bore.
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  29. Grasp the lock lever and spring assembly and pull straight out of the housing.
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  31. If necessary the lock housing may be removed from the column jacket by removing the hex head retaining screws.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the ignition lock cylinder on standard steering columns

To install:
  1. If the lock housing was removed, install it and tighten the lock housing screws to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2.  
  3. To install the dimmer switch, firmly seat the push rod into the switch. Compress the switch until two 3 / 32 in. drill shanks (or equivalent) can be inserted into the alignment holes. Reposition the upper end of the push rod in the pocket of the washer/wiper switch. With a light rearward pressure on the switch, install the two screws until snug.
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  5. Grease and assemble the two lock levers, lock lever spring and pin.
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  7. Install the lock lever assembly in the lock housing. Seat the pin firmly into the bottom of the slots and make sure the lock lever spring leg is firmly in place in the lock casting notch.
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  9. Install the ignition switch actuator rod from the bottom through the oblong hole in the lock housing and attach it to the bell crank. Position the bell crank assembly into the lock housing while pulling the ignition switch rod down the column, install the bell crank onto its mounting surface. The gearshift lever should be in the Park position.
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  11. Place the ignition switch on the ignition switch actuator rod and rotate it 90 degrees to lock the rod into position.
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  13. To install the ignition lock, turn the key to the lock position and remove the key. Insert the cylinder far enough into the housing to contact the switch actuator. Insert the key and press inward and rotate the cylinder. When the parts align the cylinder will move inward and lock into the housing.
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  15. With the key cylinder in the lock position and the ignition switch in the lock position (second detent from top) tighten the ignition switch mounting screws.
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  17. Feed the buzzer/chime switch wires behind the wiring post and down through the space between the housing and the jacket. Remove the ignition key and position the switch in the housing and tighten the mounting screws. The ignition key should be removed.
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  19. Install the lock plate on the steering shaft.
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  21. Install the upper bearing spring, then the upper bearing housing.
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  23. Install the upper bearing snapring on the steering shaft, locking the assembly in place.
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  25. Install the four screws attaching the bearing housing to the lock housing.
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  27. Install the turn signal switch and steering wheel, following the procedure given previously.
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TILT COLUMN-LOCK CYLINDER

See Figure 2


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a thin tool to depress the lock release pin, then slide the lock cylinder out of the steering column

  1. Remove the steering wheel and turn signal switch. For more details, refer to the turn signal removal procedure earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. Place the lock cylinder in the lock position.
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  5. Insert a thin tool into the slot next to the switch mounting screwing boss (right-hand slot) and depress the spring latch at the bottom of the slot and remove the lock.
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To install:
  1. Turn the ignition lock to the LOCK position and remove the key. Insert the cylinder into the steering column lock mounting hole until the spring loaded retainer snaps into place.
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  3. Install the turn signal and steering wheel. For more details, refer to the turn signal installation procedure earlier in this section.
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TILT COLUMN-IGNITION SWITCH

See Figures 3 and 4

  1. Remove the steering wheel and turn signal switch, as described earlier in this section. Remove the ignition lock cylinder as described above.
  2.  

If the wedge spring described in the next step is dropped, it could fall into the column, requiring complete disassembly. Follow the directions and work carefully to avoid dropping it.

  1. Bend a paper clip or similar type of wire into a hook. Insert the curved end of the hook into the exposed loop of the buzzer/chime switch wedge spring. Pull the wire hook straight up to remove both the buzzer/chime switch and the spring.
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  3. Remove the three housing cover screws and remove the housing cover. Then, remove the wash/wipe switch.
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  5. Adjust the column into the full up position. Then, to remove the tilt spring retainer, insert a large Phillips screwdriver into the tilt spring opening, press the lockscrew in about 3 / 16 in. (5mm) and turn it approximately 1 / 8 turn counterclockwise to align the ears with the grooves in the housing. Remove the spring and guide.
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  7. Pull the actuating rod out of the dimmer switch. Remove the dimmer switch mounting screws and remove the switch.
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  9. Push the upper steering shaft inward far enough to remove the inner race and inner race seat, and remove both.
  10.  
  11. Turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY position, remove its mounting screws, and remove it.
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Fig. Fig. 3: The locations of the steering housing cover screw and the wedge spring



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the spring retainer mounting screws

To install:
  1. Turn the new ignition switch to the ACCESSORY position and slide it into place in the steering column. Install the mounting screws.
  2.  
  3. Hold the steering shaft inward and replace the inner race seat and inner race.
  4.  
  5. Hold the dimmer switch in position and install its retaining screws until snug. Install the actuating rod.
  6.  
  7. Install the tilt spring and guide. Set the tilt spring retainer into position. Then, use a Phillips screwdriver to re-engage the spring retainer lockscrew.
  8.  
  9. Install the wash/wipe switch. Install the housing cover and install the three housing cover screws.
  10.  
  11. Insert the curved end of the hook, used during removal, into the loop of the buzzer/chime switch wedge spring. Use it to install both the buzzer/chime switch and spring without allowing the spring to drop into the column.
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  13. Install the ignition lock cylinder as previously described. Install the steering wheel as described earlier in this section.
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Non-Acustar® Column-Premier and Monaco

See Figure 5

1988-89 front wheel drive 6-cylinder Chrysler vehicles (as well as Premiers and Monacos) were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard or tilt steering column. 1990 models, other than Premier and Monaco, were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard column or an Acustar® tilt column. 1991-95 vehicles, other than Premier and Monaco, came equipped with the Acustar® (tilt or standard) steering column, which can be identified by the "halo'' light around the ignition key cylinder.


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

  1. Remove the steering wheel. For more details, refer to the steering wheel removal procedure located earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the turn signal cancel cam by unhooking the tabs and sliging the cancel cam off of the steering column.
  4.  

Three small bent paper clips may be used to hold the tabs away from the shaft while sliding the cam off.

  1. If the vehicle is equipped with a tilt wheel, remove the tilt wheel control lever by turning it counterclockwise.
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  3. Remove the bottom two retaining screws from the left-hand switch pod assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the screws from the back of the left-hand switch pod assembly, then remove the switch pod housing back cover.
  6.  

There are small retaining clips on the left-hand switch pod that may fall off when the switch is removed.

  1. Remove the bottom 2 retaining screws from the right-hand (Heat-A/C) switch pod assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the screws from the back of the right-hand switch pod assembly, and remove the switch pod housing back cover.
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  5. Remove the ignition switch trim ring by prying it away from the switch pod housing.
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  7. Carefully pull the switch pod assemblies far enough from the housing to expose the housing mounting screws.
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  9. Remove the 2 left-hand switch pod housing mounting screws.
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  11. Remove the 2 right-hand switch pod housing mounting screws.
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  13. Pass both switch pod assemblies through the back openings in the switch pod housing.
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  15. Remove the screw holding the lower column shroud.
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  17. Separate and remove the lower column shroud.
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  19. Remove the 2 screws and remove the upper column shroud.
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  21. Remove the ignition switch retaining screws.
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  23. Separate the ignition switch from the lock cylinder housing.
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  25. Cut the tie straps holding the wiring harness under the steering column.
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  27. Remove the screw and the harness bracket. Loosen the hold-down nut in the center of the steering column connector.
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  29. Separate the module connectors from the steering column connector by placing a flat bladed prytool between the connectors to disengage the locking tabs. Push on the wire side of the left-hand switch (headlight) pad connector and slide the connector out of the channels of the steering column connector.
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  31. Remove the ignition switch and harness from the steering column.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Once the column covers are out of the way, remove the ignition switch retaining screws

To install:
  1. Slide the switch pod connectors into the ignition switch connector from the wire side and install the hold-down nut.
  2.  
  3. Position the ignition switch and secure with the screws.
  4.  
  5. Route the harnesses along the underside of the steering column and secure the harnesses to the column with new tie straps.
  6.  
  7. Install the harness anchor bracket and secure it the the column with a screw.
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  9. Install the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
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  11. Install both of the side switch pods to the steering column. Secure them in place with the retaining screws.
  12.  

There are small retaining clips on the left-hand switch pod which must be in place when the switches are installed.

  1. Install the tilt lever, if equipped.
  2.  
  3. Install the turn signal cancel cam onto the steering column shaft.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering wheel. For more details, refer to the steering wheel installation procedure located earlier in this section.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable and check the ignition switch.
  8.  

Acustar® Column

See Figures 6, 7 and 8

1988-89 front wheel drive 6-cylinder Chrysler vehicles (as well as 1988-92 Premiers and Monacos) were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard or tilt steering column. 1990 models, other than Premier and Monaco, were equipped with either a non-Acustar® standard column or an Acustar® tilt column. 1991-95 vehicles, other than Premier and Monaco, came equipped with the Acustar® (tilt or standard) steering column, which can be identified by the "halo'' light around the ignition key cylinder.


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. If the vehicle is equipped with a tilt column, remove the tilt lever by turning it counterclockwise.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper and lower column covers.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 3 ignition switch mounting screws. These bolts have tamper proof Torx® heads and the appropriate Torx® tool should be used.
  8.  
  9. Gently pull the switch away from the column. Release the retainer locks on the 2 wiring connectors and unplug them from the switch.
  10.  
  11. Remove the key lock cylinder from the ignition switch, as follows:
    1. Insert the ignition key into the switch, then turn the switch to the LOCK position. Using a suitable small tool, depress the key cylinder retaining pin until it is flush with the key cylinder surface.
    2.  
    3. Rotate the key clockwise to the OFF position to unseat the key cylinder from the ignition switch assembly. The cylinder bezel should be about 1 / 8 in. (3mm) above the ignition switch halo light ring. Do not attempt to remove the key cylinder yet.
    4.  
    5. With the key cylinder in the unseated position, rotate the key counterclockwise to the LOCK position and remove the key.
    6.  
    7. Remove the key cylinder from the ignition switch.
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Fig. Fig. 6: The key cylinder slides out of the ignition switch when the retaining pin is depressed



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Fig. Fig. 7: View of the ignition switch from the column mounting side



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Fig. Fig. 8: The ignition switch mounting pad on the steering column

To install:
  1. If the vehicle is equipped with a floor mounted gear shifter, place the selector in the PARK position.
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  3. Attach the wiring connectors to the ignition switch. Make sure that the switch locking tabs are fully seated in the wiring connectors.
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  5. Mount the ignition switch to the column:
    1. Position the shifter in PARK position. The park lock dowel pin on the ignition switch assembly must engage with the column park lock slider linkage.
    2.  
    3. Verify that the ignition switch is in the LOCK position; the flag should be parallel to the ignition switch terminals. Apply a small amount of grease to the flag and pin.
    4.  
    5. Position the park lock link to mid-travel.
    6.  
    7. Align the locating pin hole and its pin, position the ignition switch against the lock housing face and make sure the pin is inserted into the park lock link contour slot. Tighten the retaining screws to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
    8.  

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  7. With the key cylinder and ignition switch in the LOCK position, key not in cylinder, gently insert the key cylinder into the ignition switch until it bottoms.
  8.  
  9. Insert the key. Simultaneously, push in on the cylinder and rotate the key to the RUN position. This action should fully seat the cylinder in the ignition switch.
  10.  
  11. Install the column covers and the tilt lever, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable and check the push-to-lock and park lock functions, halo lighting and all ignition switch positions for proper operation.
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