1998 Chevy S-10 Car ignition

Tiny
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 33,000 MILES
How do I replace the switch on this it has air bags?
Do I need to pull the steering wheel?
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 AT 8:06 PM

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Steering wheel does not need removed. Perform operations below to replace ignition switch:

REMOVAL:
Remove the column shroud halves.
Remove the column-to-dash attaching bolts and slowly lower the steering column, making sure that it is supported.
Remove the multifunction switch if necessary.
Remove the key alarm switch, if equipped by gently prying the alarm switch retaining clip with a small screwdriver. Rotate the alarm switch 1/4 in. (6mm) turn and remove.

WARNING:
Extreme care is necessary to prevent damage to the collapsible column.

Make sure that the switch is in the LOCK position. If the lock cylinder is out, pull the switch rod up to the stop, then go down one detent.
Remove the two screws and the switch.

INSTALLATION:
Before installation, make sure the switch is in the LOCK position.
Install the switch using the original screws. Tighten the screws to 12 inch. Lbs. (1.4 Nm).
Install the key alarm switch, if equipped. Make sure the retaining clip is parallel to the lock cylinder. Rotate the alarm switch 1/4 in. (6mm) turn until locked in place.
Install the multifunction switch if removed.

CAUTION:
Use of screws that are too long could prevent the column from collapsing on impact.

Replace the column. Tighten the nuts to 22 ft. Lbs. (29 Nm); the bolts to 20 ft. Lbs. (27 Nm).
Install the column shroud halves.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 AT 9:46 PM

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