GM Bonneville/Eighty Eight/LeSabre 1986-1999

Ignition Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

If the vehicle is not equipped with an air bag, skip Step 1 and simply disconnect the negative battery cable. Also, disregard all instructions below related to air bags.

  1. If equipped, disable the SIR system, as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
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  3. If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Lower the steering column; be sure to properly support it.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the steering column housing

  1. Position the switch in the OFF-UNLOCKED position. With the lock cylinder removed, the rod is in LOCK when it is in the next to the uppermost detent; OFF-UNLOCKED is 2 detents from the top.
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  3. Remove both switch screws, then remove the switch assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the ignition and dimmer switches

To install:
  1. Place the new switch in the OFF-UNLOCKED position. Ensure the lock cylinder and actuating rod are in OFF-UNLOCKED position (3rd detent from the top).
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  3. Install the actuating rod into the switch and assemble the switch on the column. Tighten the mounting screws.
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Use only the specified screws since over-length screws could impair the collapsibility of the column.

  1. Install the steering column.
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  3. If equipped with the SIR system, properly enable the system, as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this section.
  4.  
  5. If not already done, connect the negative battery cable, then check the turn signals for proper operation.
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