Do you not have time to take your car to a mechanic because of work or because it’s the only vehicle you have? If you know a little bit about a car and if you know what ignition switch you need then I can say you came to the right place to look for instructions. If you don’t know which ignition switch you need then I suggest you go to your local auto part store for them to help you find the right ignition switch. Next you will need to make sure you have wrenches, side cutters, screw drivers, a paper clip, and some star bits. If you have all the tools and you believe that you can learn on how to do this then, you’re ready for the full instructions.
Before you disturb the steering column, you need to pop the hood and disable the battery. When messing with the battery you will need to use a ¼ inch wrench and all you need to take off the battery is the negative cable. The reason behind this is so when you mess with the steering column the airbag system does not go off. After waiting ten minutes, start by using a star bit to take off the bottom cover just below the steering wheel. When this is done, you will be able to pull off the top cover that goes around the top part of the dash. It should just snap off without any problems.
Now that both of the covers are off, start with the main steering column by taking that star bit and looking at the bottom of the steering column. There should be one screw. After you take this last screw off, the cover to the steering column should come right off. Use the side cutters to cut the zip tie that hold the ignition switch in place.
Once this is done, insert your old key and turn the key to the on position and then insert the paper clip into a small hole on the back of your ignition switch. Pull on the key with it in the on position and the old ignition switch should come right out. Put the new key ignition switch where the old one was and turn the old one to the off position. Once you have done this, you can put the rest of the covers back together. Hook the battery back up and start the car.
Now that you have finished reading my quick steps on how to replace an ignition switch do you think that it is easy enough to do by yourself? The way I see it is either way I look at it is a good thing to learn for future reference to look back on in case the auto shop you usually go to is closed for the weekend and you need a new ignition switch.