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    1. Member candela's Avatar
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      04-01-2006 12:10 AM #1
      seems like we've all had to replace our ignition switches this year, huh?
      well it was time, so I did a search & found the traditional way of changing
      it out involving a puller,
      and then there's this way:
      Quote, originally posted by jok3sta »
      disconnect battery
      make sure steering wheel is locked
      remove the steering column surround ( 2 screws on either end )
      go under dash and using a 13mm wrench and socket remove the bolt holding the steering column to the u joint
      unplug every plug goin into the steering column by the steering wheel including the ignition and airbag
      now on the left side there is a gold round headed bolt that holds the column to the dash support. use a vise grip and take that out. comes out pretty easily after the first initial turn. can do it with your fingers after.. then u can pull the steering wheel and everything comes out as one piece.
      now the only problem now is ur are goin to need a thin screw driver to reach the screw holding the ignition switch in.. after than just re install in reverse order and your done..
      Do at your own risk though.. im not responsible if someone damages there car in the process or gets hurt this is jus a lil help for those who dont feel like pulling apart everything..


      I snapped a few pics of the process for whoever so you'll know exactly what to look for..
      here it is with the cover off..

      the infamous u-joint..


      it's a little tight getting in here.. hold the top bolt in place, undo the nut..

      13mm, looks like this from the top..

      unplug all these, including the airbag & the ignition..

      this one comes out easily..

      now you're ready to pull out the steering column..

      now take the switch out with an eyeglass kit phillips head..


      now put the new one in and put everything back together..
      old switch/new switch comparison..





      Modified by candela at 8:42 PM 9-4-2009

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      04-01-2006 12:11 AM #2
      Beauty. Super easy that way.

    3. 04-01-2006 01:11 AM #3
      man put some wd40 on those joints...thats killing me

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      04-02-2006 05:53 PM #4
      they're rockin' mad lube bro

    5. 04-05-2006 12:08 AM #5
      this needs to be a sticky !!!,im making a PDF just incase it goes bye bye....good job man!!!, thanks alot for the pics...im about to do this install in a few days

    6. 04-05-2006 12:24 AM #6
      I just used a bearing seperator and pulled the switch housing off. then put in the new switch and put it all back together. Whole hell of a lot easier than taking the whole column out.
      Brian

    7. 04-05-2006 06:41 AM #7
      Mine is starting to go, this really cleared things up. THank you.

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      04-05-2006 08:26 AM #8
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Good pics!!! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Thanks!

    9. 04-05-2006 08:31 AM #9
      this post came just in time too, just got the ignition switch from PAP parts [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      thansk for the right up def cleared up some issues I had... I got one question for everyone, is a new sheer bolt necessary for reinstalling? Im just going under the assumption no one bothers replacing such a bolt after taking the old one out because the ujoint holds eveyrthing in place after all.

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      04-05-2006 09:26 AM #10
      How did you like getting that one bolt off the upper steering column?
      That bolt luckily didnt come on my car, mine had a hex keyed bolt there.
      Trying to remove that bolt from a junkyard car, lets just say, I needed them to use a torch and cut that ish off.

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      05-01-2006 02:14 PM #11
      Excellent write up bro gonna do this later this week

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      05-01-2006 02:20 PM #12
      First timer here, using this method.
      Took about 2.5 hours from start to finish.
      Avoiding having to pull that 'steering wheel hub' off makes it a lot easier [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    13. 05-01-2006 02:21 PM #13
      nice thread dude [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-17-2006 05:28 PM #14
      figured i'd bump this up, cuz i just used it and its a quality DIY.
      I'd like to add after you remove the bolt for the u-joint, you might need to hammer the shaft loose.
      thanks for the write up [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    15. 05-17-2006 06:16 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Franco... »
      figured i'd bump this up, cuz i just used it and its a quality DIY.
      I'd like to add after you remove the bolt for the u-joint, you might need to hammer the shaft loose.
      thanks for the write up [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      HA! I just finished it as well! Excellent write-up. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      I did however have a hard time getting that damn little screw out that was between the steering column and the actual ignition switch Had to steal a jewelers screw driver from my dad, and it was still a PITA. But it's all back together, and it works!
      Thanks again for the excellent write up! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-17-2006 06:21 PM #16
      i did mine the old way.
      but this way looks easy too. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    17. 05-17-2006 06:41 PM #17
      how do you tell when your ignition switch is starting to go?

    18. 05-17-2006 06:51 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by totfjamie »
      how do you tell when your ignition switch is starting to go?
      Lights, and accesories dont work when you drive

    19. 05-17-2006 06:54 PM #19
      this should go in the DIY section. I'm serial people.

    20. 06-16-2006 12:31 AM #20
      this is a vw cabrio 97....
      can anyone tell me how to take this off?

    21. 06-16-2006 12:32 AM #21
      this is a vw cabrio 97....
      can anyone tell me how to take this off?

    22. 06-20-2006 05:16 PM #22
      alright guys i got a 98 golf k2 and i can not get it out for the life of me i cant get the colum off. its nothing like that. i got the hex bolts out off the bag of the steering wheel now i dont know what to do there was no 13mm bolt? help plz..

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      06-29-2006 04:37 PM #23
      thanks for all the positive feedback guys.. happy to be of service
      to some fellow mk3ers..

    24. 06-30-2006 03:36 PM #24
      I"m having trouble getting the shear bolts off. Anybody have any tips?

    25. 06-30-2006 03:40 PM #25
      I did that on my MKIII a while ago. if I remember, I just used my cordless dremmel and sliced the sheer bolt so I could fit a flathead screwdriver on it. Easy.

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