Ram Truck 1500, 2500 & 3500 (2006-2008)

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
The airbag system is a sensitive, complex electro-mechanical unit. Before attempting to diagnose, remove or install the airbag system components you must first disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable. Then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge. Failure to do so could result in accidental deployment of the airbag and possible personal injury. The fasteners, screws, and bolts, originally used for the airbag components, have special coatings and are specifically designed for the airbag system. They must never be replaced with any substitutes. Anytime a new fastener is needed, replace with the correct fasteners provided in the service package or fasteners listed in the parts books.


WARNING
Do not hammer on steering column shaft. This may cause damage to the shaft or bearing. Do not attempt to remove the pivot bolts to disassemble the tilting mechanism.

The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder removal. The key cylinder must be removed first before removing ignition switch.

  1. Remove the negative cable(s) from the battery.
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  3. Disable the airbag.
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  5. Remove the knee blocker and steering column reinforcement panel.
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  7. Remove the lower and upper shrouds.
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  9. Remove key cylinder as follows:
    1. Place shifter in PARK position.
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    3. A retaining pin is located at the underside of the key cylinder assembly.
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    5. Rotate key to RUN position.
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    7. Press in on retaining pin while pulling key cylinder from ignition switch.

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      Fig. Ignition lock cylinder removal

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  11. Remove the tilt lever release knob bracket. (if equipped).
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  13. Disconnect the electrical connector at rear of ignition switch.
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  15. Remove ignition switch mounting screws.
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  17. Using a small screwdriver, push on locking tab and remove switch from steering column.

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    Fig. Ignition switch and related parts

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To install:

  1. Before installing ignition switch, rotate the slot in the switch to the ON position.
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  3. Position switch to column and install the mounting screws. Tighten screw to 26 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
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  5. Connect the electrical connector to rear of the ignition switch. Make sure that locking tabs are fully seated into wiring connector.
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  7. Install the tilt lever release bracket mounting screws. Tighten screws to 40 in. lbs. (4.5 Nm).
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  9. Install the key cylinder.
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  11. Install steering column upper and lower shrouds.
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  13. Install the steering column reinforcement and knee blocker.
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  15. Enable the airbag system.
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