1998 Nissan Altima How to change ignition switch

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1998 Nissan Altima 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 140000 miles

It is getting difficult to start. You have to turn the key several times.(New Starter Motor a few months ago. Installed). I have to change the ignition switch, I suppose. How to change it. Any idea how much they are.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 10:37 PM

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The steering lock/ignition switch/warning buzzer switch assembly is attached to the steering column by special bolts whose heads shear off upon installation. The bolts must be drilled out to remove the assembly or be removed with an appropriate tool. The bolts may also be removed with a hammer and chisel by notching the bolts and tapping them counterclockwise with the hammer and chisel.

The ignition switch or warning switch can be replaced without removing the steering lock assembly. The ignition switch is on the back of the assembly and the warning switch is on the side.

The models covered by this guide may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in.

Disable the air bag system by disconnecting the negative battery cable and waiting at least 10 minutes, prior to starting this procedure.
Remove the steering column covers.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the spiral cable assembly.
Remove the combination switch from the steering column.
Remove the steering column support nuts and lower the steering column.
Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
Remove the bolts that secure the steering lock and remove the steering lock assembly.

Install the steering lock assembly and secure with new shear type bolts.
Connect the ignition switch wiring harness.
Raise the steering column and secure with mounting nuts. Tighten the mounting nuts to 11-14 ft. Lbs. (15-19 Nm).
Install the spiral cable assembly.
Install the combination switch.
Install the steering column covers.
Install the steering wheel.
Connect the negative battery cable.

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