Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Ignition Switch

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Removal & Installation




WARNING
Once the steering column is removed from the vehicle, the column is extremely susceptible to damage. Dropping the column assembly on its end could collapse the steering shaft or loosen the plastic shear pins which maintain column length, leaning on the column assembly could cause it to bend or deform. Any of the above damage could impair the column-s collapsible design. When loosening steering column mounting bolts and nuts, make sure that steering column assembly and steering upper shaft assembly have been separated. Loosening them with steering column assembly and steering upper shaft assembly could cause damage to upper joint and mounting bracket in steering upper shaft assembly.


NOTE
When servicing steering column or any column-mounted component, remove steering wheel. But when removing steering column simply to gain access to instrument panel components, leave steering wheel installed on steering column.


CAUTION
Never rest a steering column assembly on the steering wheel with air bag module face down and column vertical. Other wise personal injury may result.


WARNING
Never turn steering wheel while steering column is removed. Turning steering wheel more than about two and a half turns will break contact coil.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Disable air bag system.
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  7. Remove steering wheel and contact coil and combination switch assembly.
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  9. Remove steering column hole cover.
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  11. Disconnect Contact coil and combination switch.
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  13. Disconnect Ignition switch.
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  15. Remove steering upper shaft upper joint bolt and nut.

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    Fig. Steering shaft upper joint bolt

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  17. Remove steering column mounting bolts and nuts.
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  19. For A/T vehicle, disconnect shift (key) interlock cable from ignition switch with ignition switch turned at ACC position.
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  21. After disconnecting, turn ignition switch to LOCK position.
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  23. Remove steering column from vehicle.
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  25. Using center punch (with sharp point), loosen and remove steering lock mounting bolts.

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    Fig. Steering lock bolt removal

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  27. Turn ignition key to ACC or ON position and remove steering lock assembly ( Ignition Switch) from steering column assembly.
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To install:

  1. Position oblong hole of steering shaft in the center of hole in steering column assembly.

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    Fig. Steering shaft positioning

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  3. Turn ignition key to ACC or ON position and install steering lock assembly (Ignition Switch) onto column.
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  5. Now turn ignition key to LOCK position and pull it out.
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  7. Align hub on lock with oblong hole of steering shaft and rotate shaft to assure that steering shaft is locked.
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  9. Tighten new bolts until head of each bolt is broken off.
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  11. Turn ignition key to ACC or ON position and check to be sure that steering shaft rotates smoothly. Also check for lock operation.
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  13. Be sure that front wheels and steering wheel are in straight-ahead position.
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  15. For A/T vehicle, connect shift (key) interlock cable to ignition switch with ignition switch turned at ACC position. And then turn ignition switch to LOCK position.
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  17. Align cutting point A of steering column assembly with bolt hole B of steering upper shaft upper joint. Then connect steering upper shaft upper joint.

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    Fig. Column cutting point A-bolt hole B

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  19. Install steering column assembly with contacting upper side of lower bracket slits to mounting bolts.
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  21. Tighten steering column lower mounting nuts first and then upper mounting bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  23. Install new steering upper shaft upper joint bolt and nut.
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  25. Tighten new steering upper shaft upper joint nut to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
    NOTE
    Do not reuse steering upper shaft upper joint bolt and nut. Be sure to use new bolt and nut when installing.

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  27. If contact coil and combination switch assembly is removed, install it.
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  29. Connect all connectors that have been removed.
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  31. Install steering column hole cover.
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  33. If steering wheel is removed, install it.
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  35. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  37. After installing steering column assembly, be sure to enable air bag system.
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