Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-93 Accord and 1984-95 Prelude

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS).
  2.  
  3. On 1988-91 Preludes and 1990-93 Accords, remove the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. On 1992-95 Preludes, remove the dashboard lower cover/knee bolster and left kick panel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the steering column covers.
  8.  
  9. Unplug the ignition switch connector.
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  11. Insert the key and turn it to the O position.
  12.  
  13. If present, remove the tape on the switch wires.
  14.  
  15. On 1992-95 Preludes remove the screw securing the switch cover, then remove the cover.
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  17. Remove the two screws securing the switch, then remove the switch.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The switch is secured by two screws

To install:
  1. Make certain the recess of the switch aligns with the tab of the lock housing. Insert the switch and install the retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. If applicable, install the switch cover and retape the wires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the key.
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  7. Connect the wiring harness to the ignition switch.
  8.  
  9. Reinstall the steering column covers.
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  11. Install the steering wheel or any other applicable trim panels.
  12.  
  13. If applicable, enable the SRS.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16.  

1994-95 Accord

See Figures 2, 3 and 4

Do not attempt to remove the ignition switch assembly if you do not have replacement bolts available. These special bolts have break-away heads which shear off when tightened. This is an "anti-theft" measure used to prevent easy removal of the bolts.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Shear bolts must be used for reinstallation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and disable the SRS system.
  2.  
  3. Remove the dashboard lower cover/knee bolster.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering column covers.
  6.  
  7. Unplug the ignition switch connector.
  8.  
  9. Remove the two nuts and two bolts securing the steering column, carefully lower the column assembly.
  10.  
  11. Use a center punch to mark each of the two shear bolt heads securing the ignition switch assembly to the steering column. Use a 3 / 16 in. (5mm) drill bit to drill off the heads. Take care not to damage the switch when drilling.
  12.  
  13. Remove the bolts. Remove the clamp and remove the ignition switch assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove the three screws securing the switch and remove the switch.
  16.  

To install:
  1. Make certain the recess of the switch aligns with the tab of the lock housing. Insert the switch and install the retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Position the switch assembly on the steering column. Install the new shear bolts; tighten them finger-tight.
  4.  
  5. Use a wrench or socket of the correct size. Tighten the shear bolts until the heads break off.
  6.  
  7. Raise the column and install the nuts/bolts. Tighten the nuts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm) and the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. 22 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the ignition switch wiring harness.
  10.  
  11. Install the column covers.
  12.  
  13. Install the dashboard lower cover/knee bolster.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Be careful not to damage surrounding components when drilling



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Fig. Fig. 4: The switch is secured by three screws

 
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