Neon, 2000-2005

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation



The ignition switch is attached to the lock cylinder housing on the end opposite the lock cylinder.


CAUTION
Some models covered by this manual may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable. Wait at least 2 minutes to allow the air bag system ample time to disarm.

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    Fig. Location of the ignition switch, as viewed from below the steering column

    Location of the ignition switch, as viewed from below the steering column
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  3. Place the ignition key in the RUN position. Through the hole in the lower shroud, press the lock cylinder retaining tab, then remove the key cylinder.
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  5. Unfasten the retainers, then remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.

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    Fig. After removing the retaining screws, you can remove the steering column covers

    After removing the retaining screws, you can remove the steering column covers
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  7. Detach the ignition switch electrical connectors.
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  9. Using a #10 Torx® bit, remove the ignition switch mounting screw.

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    Fig. The ignition switch is secured with a Torx® mounting screw

    The ignition switch is secured with a Torx® mounting screw
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  11. Depress the retaining tabs, then pull the ignition switch from the steering column.

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    Fig. Use a suitable tool to depress the retaining tabs, then remove the switch from the column

    Use a suitable tool to depress the retaining tabs, then remove the switch from the column
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To install:

  1. Make sure the ignition switch is in the RUN position and the actuator shaft in the lock housing is in the RUN position.
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  3. Carefully install the ignition switch. The switch will snap over the retaining tabs. Install the mounting screw.

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    Fig. The ignition switch will snap over the retaining tabs

    The ignition switch will snap over the retaining tabs
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  5. Attach the ignition switch electrical connectors.
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  7. Install the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
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  9. Install the ignition key cylinder (the cylinder retaining tab will depress only in the RUN position).
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. Check for proper operation of the ignition switch and key-in warning switch.
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