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Old 06-23-2008, 04:02 PM
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I have a 81 camaro and i need to know step by step how to take out the ignition switch.

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I aint got a clue on that. I didnt do the wirin. My uncle done it. Me and wirin dont get along. Lemme talk to a guy who has a camaro that style and see.
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I have a 81 camaro and i need to know step by step how to take out the ignition switch.
Hi rbnatkn....welcome to the HR forums!
(I split your question off to it's own thread.)


Are you talking about the key tumbler? Or the actual ignition switch? (switch is down the column by your feet.


It's kinda hard to expain for either one online. Best thing is to get a book from the library or buy one for your car. It's not hard BUT you do need a couple special tools AND know where to release the tang that holds in the key tumbler, if that is what you are wanting to replace.

Mark
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Pop the cover off. push and turn black plastic surounding horn button wire.
remove clip on steer shaft remove nut (7/8) I think, place knees behind steering wheel add some psi with your knees. Hit the steer shaft with puch and hammer till wheel pops off, be carful not to mushroom shaft. Install lockout compressor tool to push the spring loaded lockout wheel down to gain acsess to retainer clip, remove clip, tool, wheel, white plastic horn clock, spring aand washer.
remove phillips head scew for the turn switch. remove three philiphead screws for the turn switch, pull wires gently to gain lenth in wires to put to the side. slide out white tumbler switch, unscrew torx head screw for the tumbler turn ignition on and slide tumbler out. This is the process for saginaw steering sytems. Its been a year or two since I did one.

For TRW steering systems you turn the key on, push the button inside the colume through acsess hole under covers and pull the tumbler out.

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A very simple explanation of n-gin's procedure:
-- disconnect battery
-- Remove the steering wheel
-- Remove most of the parts under the steering wheel
-- Press the release on the ignition switch assembly(which you will now be able to see and reach)
-- Pull and replace the switch
-- Put it all back together

It will require a special tool/technique to compress the spring loaded lock plate under the steering wheel, but the rest is fairly easy. I made a compressor tool based on a picture from the GM repair manual, but I think you can also buy the tool from the parts store.

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Do we dare mention a slide bar hammer with a lag screw welded to the end? LOL Seen that done many times too.
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Do we dare mention a slide bar hammer with a lag screw welded to the end? LOL Seen that done many times too.
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