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.