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  • 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

Electrical problem
1997 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 167756 miles

how do I replace the ignition switch?

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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 AT 6:55 PM

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The ignition switch is located at the bottom of the ignition key cylinder body. To remove the ignition switch, first remove the ignition lock cylinder.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Center the steering wheel.
Remove the air bag.
Remove the steering column switches.
If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
Detach the sheer bolt.
Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.

Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.

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