Continental 2000-2002

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
Individual lock cylinders are repaired by discarding the inoperative cylinder and building a new lock cylinder using the appropriate lock repair package. The lock repair package includes a detailed instruction sheet to build the new lock cylinder to the current key code of the vehicle.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the screws and the LH instrument panel steering column opening cover.
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  5. Position the hood latch release handle aside, as follows.
    1. Lift the hood latch release handle.
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    3. Remove the bolts.
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    5. Position the hood release handle aside.
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  7. Position the parking brake release handle aside, as follows:
    1. Lift the parking brake release handle.
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    3. Remove the bolts.
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  9. Remove the instrument panel steering column opening cover reinforcement, as follows:
    1. Remove the screws.
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    3. Remove the instrument panel steering column opening cover reinforcement.

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      Fig. Unfasten the screws (1), then remove the instrument panel steering column opening cover reinforcement

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  11. Loosen the ignition switch electrical connector bolt.
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  13. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.

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    Fig. Loosen the connector bolt, then detach the ignition switch electrical connector

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  15. Remove the retaining screws, then remove the ignition switch.

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    Fig. Unfasten the screws (1), then remove the ignition switch

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Please observe the following torque specifications:
    1. Ignition switch mounting screws: 47-64 inch lbs. (5.3-7.2 Nm).
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    3. Ignition switch connector bolt: 7-10 inch lbs. (0.8-1.2 Nm).
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    5. Instrument panel steering column opening cover reinforcement screws: 62-98 inch lbs. (7-11 Nm).
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    7. Parking brake release handle bolts: 24-33 inch lbs. (2.7-3.7 Nm).
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    9. Hood latch release bolts: 24-33 inch lbs. (2.7-3.7 Nm).
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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. On 1988-89 vehicles with tilt column, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
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  5. Remove the steering column shroud by removing the attaching screws. On 1990-99 vehicles, remove the tilt lever, if equipped.
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  7. On 1990-99 vehicles, remove the instrument panel lower steering column cover.
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  9. Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch.
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  11. Rotate the ignition key lock cylinder to the RUN position.
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  13. Remove the 2 screws attaching the ignition switch.
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  15. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator pin and remove the switch.
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Fig. Remove the lower dash panel (knee brace)



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Fig. Remove the tilt lever by using a small open-end wrench on the flats to turn it. Then remove the lower steering column shroud



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Fig. Using a small pointed tool, a seal pick works just fine, disengage the loop for the PRNDL indicator from the stud



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Fig. Just insert the pick into the loop and allow the wire to slid down the pick



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Fig. Unscrew the one retaining screw from the adjuster, although there is no reason to completely remove it from the adjusting block



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Fig. Pull it away from the column and allow it to hang out of the way. Do not allow the thumbscrew to turn and no adjustments to the PRNDL indicator should be needed on installation



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Fig. Unscrew the four nuts holding the steering column up in place.It is not necessary to totally remove all of them from the mounting studs. Just drop the column enough for working clearance



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Fig. Using a small ratchet set, unbolt the electrical connector from the left side of the steering column



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Fig. Pull gently on the connector to disengage all the terminals from the harness connector



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Fig. This is the right side of the steering column. It houses the ignition switch. You will need a Torx® ®driver to remove the screws holding the ignition switch in place



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Fig. When removing the ignition switch, remember that the locator pin is in the RUN position. Be sure to install the new one in the same position

To install:

  1. Adjust the new ignition switch by sliding the carrier to the RUN position.
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  3. Check to ensure that the ignition key lock cylinder is in the RUN position. The RUN position is achieved by rotating the key lock cylinder approximately 90 degrees from the LOCK position.
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  5. Install the ignition switch onto the actuator pin.
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  7. Align the switch mounting holes and install the attaching screws. Tighten the screws to 50-69 inch lbs. (5.6-7.9 Nm).
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  9. Connect the electrical connector to the ignition switch.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable. Check the ignition switch for proper function in START and ACC positions. Make sure the column is locked in the LOCK position.
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  13. Install the remaining components in the reverse order of removal.
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