Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch and/or Ignition Lock Cylinder

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Standard Steering Column
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the steering wheel.
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  3. On vehicles equipped with a column shift, pry the lever out of the grommet with a screwdriver.
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  5. Remove the steering shaft lower coupling at the wormshaft roll pin.
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  7. Disconnect the wiring connectors at the steering column jacket. Disconnect the horn wire.
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  9. Disconnect the turn signal lever by removing the retaining bolt located in the column housing, next to the steering column.
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  11. Disconnect the transmission indicator pointer from the shifter housing. Remove the nuts attaching the steering column bracket to the instrument panel support.
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  13. Remove the column through the passenger compartment.
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  15. Remove the ignition buzzer switch retaining screw and lift out the switch.
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  17. Remove the two retaining screws and the lock lever guide plate to expose the lock cylinder release hole.
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  19. Place the cylinder in the LOCK position and remove the key.
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  21. Insert a small screwdriver into the release hole and push it in to release the spring loaded lock retainer. Pull the lock cylinder out of the housing at the same time.
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  23. Remove the retaining screws and the ignition switch assembly. Pull the lock lever and spring assembly out of the housing.
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  25. Reverse the above for installation.
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Tilt Steering Column


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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the tilt steering column

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel.
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  5. Remove the three attaching screws and remove the shaft lock cover.
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  7. Remove the screws that attach the tilt control lever and the turn signal lever to the steering column and then remove the levers.
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  9. Push in the hazard warning knob and unscrew the knob from the turn signal switch. Remove the ignition key lamp assembly.
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  11. Depress the lock plate to gain access to the lock plate retaining snapring. Remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
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  13. Remove the lock plate, cancelling cam, and spring.
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  15. Remove the three turn signal switch attaching screws, place the shift lever in the Low (L) position, and pull the switch and wires as far upward as possible.
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  17. With the ignition lock cylinder in the LOCK position, insert a small screwdriver into the lock release slot in the housing cover.
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  19. Press down with the screwdriver to release the spring latch at the bottom of the slot and pull the lock cylinder from the housing.
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The following steps are for ignition switch replacement only.

  1. Remove the three screws that attach the upper steering column housing to the steering column and remove the housing.
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  3. Install the column tilt control lever and move the column to the full "Up" position.
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  5. Insert a screwdriver into the slot in the spring retainer and press the retainer in approximately 3 / 16 in. Turn the retainer approximately 1 / 8 turn to the left until the ears align with the grooves in the housing. Remove the spring retainer, spring, and guide.
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  7. Push the steering shaft inward to enable removal of the inner race and seat. Remove the race and seat.
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  9. Make sure the ignition switch is in the LOCK position, then remove the wire connector from the ignition switch and remove the screws that attach the ignition switch to the outside of the steering column.
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  11. Lift the ignition switch from the column and twist it to disengage the switch actuating rod from the rack. Remove the switch.
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  13. To install the ignition lock cylinder, insert the cylinder into the housing with the cylinder in the LOCK position and the key removed.
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  15. Move the cylinder into the housing until it contacts the switch actuator. Move the switch actuator rod up and down to align the parts. When the parts are aligned, the cylinder will move inward and lock into place.
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The following steps are for ignition switch installation only.

  1. With the ignition switch in the LOCK position, insert the actuating rod into the steering column.
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  3. Twist the switch and rod assembly as required to engage the actuating rod with the rack. Make sure the ignition lock cylinder is in the LOCK position.
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  5. Install the ignition switch mounting screws but do not tighten them.
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  7. Move the ignition switch downward, away from the steering wheel, and tighten the switch mounting screws. Make sure that the ignition switch has not moved out of the lock detent.
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  9. Attach the switch wiring connector.
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