Do I need a special tool to replace ignition switch on a 2000 oldsmoblie alero
have the same problem?
Monday, February 14th, 2011 AT 10:58 AM
It depends on exactly what you are doing. When replacing the ignition lock, they are shipped with no key coding and have to be assembled a d key coded.
IGNITION SWITCH REPLACEMENT
Important: You must perform the BCM theft deterrent relearn procedure after replacement of the ignition switch Lock Cylinder. Accessories and Optional Equipment/Antitheft and Alarm Systems/Service and Repair/ See: Accessories and Optional Equipment Antitheft and Alarm Systems Service and Repair
1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
2. Remove the radio.
3. Remove the instrument panel cluster.
4. Remove the bolts from ignition switch
5. Reposition the ignition switch from the instrument panel for ease of removal.
6. Remove the bolts from the ignition switch to the bracket.
7. Remove the bracket from the ignition switch.
8. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the "ON" position.
IMPORTANT: Ignition switch lock cylinder that won't rotate or is seized.
9. Follow the steps below 9.1 through 9.8 if ignition switch lock cylinder is seized or won't rotate.
9.1. Protect the immediate work area with suitable material such as clean shop towels or a clean fender cover.
9.2. Locate the surface for the ignition switch lock cylinder release button on the plastic ignition switch housing and center punch a location on the "rib" approximately 3/8 inch reward (toward the key entry end) from the cylinder release button.
9.3. Carefully drill a pilot hole through the plastic housing with a 1/8 inch drill bit.
9.4. Carefully drill a larger hole at the pilot location, and slightly into the ignition switch lock cylinder surface to break the release button retaining spring using a 9/32 inch drill bit.
9.5. Remove portions of the broken spring from the hole using a small suitable tool.
9.6. Grasp the ignition switch lock cylinder and remove it from the switch housing.
9.7. Remove any plastic "flash" from the drilling operation, and using compressed air blow out the ignition switch assembly.
9.8. Follow service manual procedures when cylinder recoding is required. Refer to Key and Lack Cylinder Coding.
10. Depress the transaxle park/lock cable retainer to release, then pull to remove the park/lock cable from the ignition switch.
11. Remove the ignition switch lock cylinder from the ignition switch, by depressing the retaining tab and pulling the cylinder out with the key.
IMPORTANT: The pass lock electrical connector can not be removed until the ignition switch lock cylinder is removed.
12. Disconnect the pass lock electrical connector from the ignition switch.
13. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the ignition switch.
14. Remove the ignition switch through the IP cluster opening.
1. Position the ignition switch into position through the IP cluster opening.
2. Connect the electrical connectors to the ignition switch.
3. Connect the pass lock electrical connector from the ignition switch.
4. Connect the park/lock cable to the ignition switch.
5. Position the ignition switch bracket to the ignition switch.
NOTE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
6. Install the bolts to the ignition switch bracket.
7. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the "ON" position.
8. Align and press ignition switch lock cylinder into place.
IMPORTANT: Ignition switch lock cylinder that previously would not rotate or was seized.
9. Follow steps 9.1 through 9.3 below it ignition switch lock cylinder previously removed was seized or would not rotate.
9.1. Install the new ignition switch lock cylinder as required by rotating both the cylinder and the ignition switch to the "ON" position.
9.2. Push the ignition switch lock cylinder into the ignition switch housing until fully seated.
9.3. It may be necessary to slightly depress the release button as it passes by the 9/32" hole previously drilled in the ignition switch housing.
10. Remove the key from the ignition switch lock cylinder.
11. Position the ignition switch to the instrument panel.
12. Install the bolts to the ignition switch.
Tighten the ignition switch bolts to 6 Nm (53 lb in).