GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1969-82 Vehicles



See Chapter 5 for 1964-68 Ignition Switch Removal and Installation

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.
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  3. Put the switch in LOCK position on models through 1977 and the OFF-UNLOCKED position on 1978 and later models. With the cylinder removed, the rod is in LOCK or OFF-UNLOCKED position when it is in the next to the uppermost detent.
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  5. Remove the two switch screws and remove the switch assembly.
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  7. Before installing, place the new switch in LOCK or OFF-UNLOCKED position and make sure the lock cylinder and actuating rod are in LOCK or OFF-UNLOCKED position (second detent from the top).
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  9. 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.
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  11. Reinstall the steering column.
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