If your vehicle is suddenly starting to stall in the middle of the drive or doesn’t crank the engine when enter the key then there’s a good possibility that it is time to replace car ignition switch. You can find the ignition switch on your vehicle’s dashboard or behind the steering wheel. There are few functions of an ignition switch apart from firing up the engine and that is turning on the electrics of the car like multimedia system, door control, power windows, lights, etc.
A faulty ignition switch can lead to major problems and the most apparent of them all is not being able to start the engine of your car. If you think that your vehicle’s ignition switch is broken and need replacement then this guide is perfect for you. In this guide, I will write down some tips that will help ease the process of replacing car ignition switch.
First step is to remove the steering column. Start by disconnecting the battery from its terminal. Then, remove the steering using a philips screwdriver and take out the screws one by one. Make sure to remove the fasteners as well.
The second thing that you need to perform is that remove all the wiring that is connected to the ignition switch. If you don’t know where that is, then just look behind your steering.
The third step is to check whether the ignition switch is really broken using the test light. This light lights up when the switch is on and when it is off the light isn’t glowing. If the test light works fine then there’s a possibility that something else wrong with your vehicle.
The fourth step is to unscrew the nuts and bolts that hold the steering in its position. You will need a screwdriver or a wrench for unscrewing the nuts. I’m assuming that you have already bought a brand new ignition switch then the last step is to replace the faulty ignition switch with the newly bought one.
The final step is to tighten the screws and bolts. Begin attaching the wiring and the steering panel back to its original place. Make sure to fasten the nuts and bolts tightly while also ensuring that they are perfectly aligned.
So, that’s how you can replace a car ignition switch and I know that is a little difficult to do and it gets even harder to replace ignition switch in newer model cars. The reason why it is difficult is because of the anti-theft technologies that are pre-installed in those vehicles. If you are a complete novice when it comes to vehicles then you should probably seek professional help.
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