GM Camaro 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch


Before attempting any repairs involving the steering wheel or disassembly of it, ensure that the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (Air Bag) system is properly disarmed.


See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Ignition switch

The switch is located inside the channel section of the brake pedal support and is completely inaccessible without first lowering the steering column. The switch is actuated by a rod and rack assembly. A gear on the end of the lock cylinder engages the toothed upper end of the rod.

  1. Lower the steering column; be sure to properly support it.
  3. Put the switch in the Off-Unlocked position. The Off-Unlocked position is two detents from the top.
  5. Remove the two switch screws and remove the switch assembly.

To install:
  1. Before installing, place the new switch in the Off-Unlocked position. Make sure the lock cylinder and actuating rod are in the Off-Unlocked (second detent from the top) position.
  3. Install the activating rod into the switch and assemble the switch on the column. Tighten the mounting screws. Use only the specified screws since overlength screws could impair the collapsibility of the column.
  5. Reinstall the steering column.