Jeep Wrangler/YJ 1987-1995 Repair Guide

Ignition Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1987-91 Vehicles

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Ignition switch detent positions-standard column



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Fig. Fig. 2: Ignition switch detent positions-tilt column

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Place the ignition lock in the LOCK position.
  4.  
  5. Remove the switch mounting screws (usually 2).
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the switch from the remote rod.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the wiring and remove the switch.
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To install:
  1. With the actuator rod disconnected, hold the ignition switch in its installed position.
  2.  
  3. Move the slider to the extreme left ACC position.
  4.  
  5. For non-tilt columns:
    1. Position the actuator rod in the slider hole and install the switch to the steering column by finger-tightening the retaining screws. Be careful not to move the slider out of detent.
    2.  
    3. Secure the key in the ACC position and push the switch down the column slightly to remove the slack in the actuator rod.
    4.  

  6.  
  7. For tilt columns:
    1. Position the actuator rod into the slider hole.
    2.  
    3. Loosely install the ignition switch to the column using the attaching screws.
    4.  
    5. Push the switch down the steering column to remove the lash in the actuator rod while holding the key in the ACC position. Be careful not to move the slider out of detent.
    6.  

  8.  
  9. Tighten the attaching screws.
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  11. Engage the white connector and then the black connector to the switch.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14.  

1992-95 Vehicles

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. If equipped, remove the windshield wiper intermittent control module and its bracket.
  4.  
  5. Turn the ignition to the ACC position.
  6.  
  7. Remove the headlamp dimmer switch attaching nuts.
  8.  
  9. Lift the switch from the steering column while disengaging the actuator rod.
  10.  
  11. Tape the ignition and dimmer switch actuator rods to the steering column to prevent disengagement from the upper position of the steering column.
  12.  

  1. Remove the ignition switch-to-steering column retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Disengage the ignition switch from the remote actuator rod by lifting straight up, then remove the switch from the column.
  4.  
  5. Disengage the black connector and then the other connector from the switch.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Place the slider bar in the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY detent position.
  2.  
  3. Connect the colored (non-black) connector and then the black connector to the ignition switch.
  4.  
  5. Slip the remote actuator rod into the access hole on the switch.
  6.  
  7. Install the switch to the column, be careful not to move the slider bar out of the detent position.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tape from the rods.
  10.  
  11. Loosely install the ignition switch-to-steering column screws.
  12.  
  13. While holding the key in the ACC position, slide the ignition switch up towards the steering wheel (non-tilt column) or down away from the steering wheel (tilt steering column) in order to remove slack from the switch. Tighten the attaching screws.
  14.  

Do not allow the ignition to move from the ACC position. Because the ignition and dimmer switches share the same 2 mounting screws, 1 screw must be removed from the ignition switch. This must be done after the ignition switch has been adjusted and before the dimmer switch has been installed.

  1. Remove 1 screw, but do not remove the stud/nut.
  2.  
  3. Install and adjust the dimmer switch.
  4.  
  5. If equipped, install the intermittent wiper control module and bracket.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

 
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