Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Ignition Lock/Switch Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except RX-7

See Figure 1

  1. Remove the combination switch as described earlier in this section. Using a small cold chisel and hammer, make a groove in each ignition lock retaining screw wide enough to accept a flat blade screwdriver. Remove the retaining screws, then withdraw the ignition switch assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Create slots which permit a screwdriver to remove the ignition lock retaining screws

  1. Install the switch with new screws. Break their heads off to make the switch difficult for a thief to remove.
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  3. Reverse the remaining steps of the removal procedure to install the combination switch. While tightening the steering lock mounting screws, insert the ignition key and check the lock for proper operation.
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RX-7
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel. See above for procedures.
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  5. Remove the steering column covers and the air duct.
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  7. Disengage the electrical connections of the switch. Mark them for reassembly.
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  9. Remove the stop ring cancel cam and spring from the column shaft, then remove the combination switch.
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  11. Wedge a length of wood or pipe under the switch to protect the steering shaft from the shock of the hammer blows. Using a chisel and hammer, break the bolts that attach the steering lock body to the column jacket. Remove the ignition switch from the column jacket.
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  13. Use new break-away head bolts to attach the switch body and tighten them until the heads shear off.
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  15. Install the combination switch, air duct, steering column covers, steering wheel by reversing the removal procedure.
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