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How to Replace the Ignition Switch on a 1994 Chevy 1500

2012-04-03   Views:42

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The 1994 Chevy 1500 uses a switch that is mounted in unison with the dimmer switch on the lower top of the steering column. The ignition switch is operated by a rod attached to the key tumbler and runs through the steering column housing. It has a 90

How to Replace the Ignition Switch on a 1994 Chevy 1500

The 1994 Chevy 1500 uses a switch that is mounted in unison with the dimmer switch on the lower top of the steering column. The ignition switch is operated by a rod attached to the key tumbler and runs through the steering column housing. It has a 90-degree bend where it protrudes through the column. When the key is turned, the rod either moves up or down, causing the switch to change positions. The dimmer switch is separate but attached to the ignition switch bracket. A separate rod runs from the turn signal switch to the dimmer switch. Every time the turn signal handle is pulled rearward, it forces the rod down, which presses the dimmer switch.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

15mm socketRatchet¼-inch drive ratchetSet of ¼-inch drive socketsScrewdriverPhillips screwdriverSet of wrenches

Instructions

1 Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery, using a wrench. Remove the upper and lower steering wheel covers directly behind the steering wheel using a Phillips screwdriver. Lower the steering column by removing the three 15-mm nuts in the support bracket, using a 15-mm socket.

2 Make sure the ignition switch is in the lock position. Remove the two screws in the dimmer switch, using a socket. Allow it to hang free. Disconnect the electrical connector on the ignition switch.

3 Remove the three screws in the ignition switch and lift the switch up and off the protruding actuation rod.

4 Install the ignition switch, making sure that the protruding rod is inserted into the hole in the bottom of the ignition switch. Install the three screws and tighten them. Pull the plastic locating pin out of the switch and throw it away.

5 Plug the electrical connector into the ignition switch. Install the dimmer switch by making sure the rod is inserted properly in the turn signal lever cavity. Hold the dimmer switch and insert the rod into the switch cavity and place the switch against the ignition switch bracket. Insert the two screws and lightly push the dimmer switch toward the turn signal lever until all slack is removed. Tighten the two screws.

6 Lift the steering column into place under the dashboard. Install the securing nuts and tighten. Install the two halves of the steering column cover.

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