I would like to know how to test/bypass my ignition switch to see if its any good anymore. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated
Just buy a new one it's super easy to replace and for 9 or so bucks it wouldn't hurt to just change it...
You can buy a new ignition switch from autohausaz.com for less than $6 (plus shipping or free ground shipping on orders over $50).
Remove the steering coumn shroud (two screws in the bottom, plus 4 snap together clips).
Unplug the wiring harness connector from the existing ignition switch. Plug in replacement switch. Turn on and off replacement switch by inserting a slotblade screwdriver into the rectangular hole. You can even drive the car around by inserting the ignition key into the existing ignition lock and turning key to unlock the steering column. Start and stop the engine using the screwdriver.
Permanently installing the replacement ignition switch is more involved, which is why you should test first, to make sure the old ignition switch really needs replacement.
sooo one of you guys said its super easy and the other says its pretty involved im about to change mine out as well. i have some weird issues with my cd player not turning on, no door alert and my seatbelt chime sounds off when i turn on my headlights. if i push the ignition in (the part where u stick the key) while the car is stationary (with no key in it) and it starts making the normal chime noise. im assuming thats the ignition switch
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To change the switch you will need a precision screwdriver like for eyeglasses, a 13mm box end and a ratchet. Remove negative from battery unplug all wiring goin to steering column. Down by ur pedals there is black covers covering the bottom of the colum... Remove them and you will see a single bolt that holds a spline shaft together that's the 13mm. Remove that.. Now at the top there is a sheer bolt on the left hand side of the ignition housing I removed it with a set of needlenose vicegrips. Pull the steering column out.. A small spring will fall out of the bottom be sure to put back in!!! Replace ur switch and reinstall.. That's it in a nutshell don't make it harder than what it is fellas
^ this won't necessarly tell u if it's bad... It will start ur car however...