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    Thread: How to change Ignition switch?

    1. Member krazy4dubz's Avatar
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      04-30-2003 02:03 AM #1
      I just need to change the electrical portion and need some help..........please.
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      04-30-2003 03:04 AM #2
      ghetto backyard method

      1.remove steering wheel (24 mm socket)
      2.remove shroud from steering column.
      3.look at key cylinder, if its been done before there will be a small drilled hole by the tumbler. Insert a pin here and pull out tumbler. If there is no hole you'll have to drill one (consult the Bentley for hole placement)
      4. unhook all of the wiring from the back of the ignition switch (2 looms i believe)
      5. take a medium sized screwdriver and put it down the hole where the tumbler was, and smash out the ignition switch. make sure you get all of it.
      6. break the tab off the side of the new ignition switch.
      7, push it in the hole, and put the wiring clip on the back to hold it in place.
      8. reassemble.
      9. enjoy.


    3. 04-30-2003 11:17 AM #3
      Can somebody tell me where i should drill the hole ? i dont have the Bentley... i need to fix this very soon... and what is a Tumbler ... sorry am not very good in english .. !! thanx a lot

    4. 04-30-2003 12:47 PM #4
      we didnt drill any holes when we changed our ignition switch , and the whole job is easy as hell

    5. 04-30-2003 04:04 PM #5
      Well i just dont know how to get the switch out of the metal thing...

    6. 04-30-2003 05:10 PM #6
      This is how I do it:
      1: Take the negative terminal of the battery off
      2: Pull the steering wheel off (not sure on the size)
      3: Take the steering column surround off (2-3 screws)
      4: Take the combination switch off (3 flat head screws and 5-6 wire plugs)
      5: Take the sleeve off the steering column shaft (will need a puller for this)
      6: Take the allen out of the steering column shaft holding the ignition switch + lock in place (5-6mm. allen)
      7: Put the key in the ignition to the on position to unlock the steering column
      8: Pull the plug off the ignition switch
      9: Pull the ignition switch off the column
      10: Take the phillips head screw out of the switch holding the electrical part in (can not take this out while it is on the column .)
      11: Replace switch
      12: Reverse directions to go back in

      Hope that helps


    7. 04-30-2003 09:59 PM #7
      i know we used some kind of crazy looking claw type thingy lol to remove the steering wheel

    8. 04-30-2003 11:38 PM #8
      DJMoney is right on the money! Thats how you do it.
      If you don't have a puller you can use a big pair of vicegrips. You place the vicegrips around the splined colar and using a small hammar gently tap both sides of the vicegrips until it slides off the shaft... Putting it back on you can line everything up then put the spacer and nut back on (without steering wheel) and tighten it down.. it will ack like a press.
      you dont want to break the switch out then reinstall it without the retaining screw. These switches are bad enough and the added play in the switch will not help by any means

      Good luck.. crank up the tunes and go at it!


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      05-01-2003 11:37 AM #9
      I'll give it a try...thanx guys.
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    10. 05-02-2003 01:50 AM #10
      you dont even have to do that

      1. Pull off horn cover
      2. Unscrew steering wheel
      3. take off black cover (hazard switch is there etc. 2 screws underneath)
      4. look behind brake pedal and find a black plastic cover
      5. Take cover off (two plastic screws)
      6. Look at where the steering column meets the joints (there is a spring) right after spring should be a nut and bolt...take them out
      7. after that pull steering column out
      8. get a long thin philips head screwdriver and look at the back of the switch
      9. push column aside and loosen screw
      10. the switch then comes out
      11. reverse that to put it back together
      12. The steering column must go on a certain way (you'll know because the bolt behind the brake pedal won't go through if in wrong position)

      thats all


      it takes approx. 15 min - 20 min.
      real easy


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      05-02-2003 11:46 AM #11
      holly crap..........would it be easier to take the engine out?
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    12. 08-12-2014 04:15 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by DJMoney6916v View Post
      This is how I do it:
      1: Take the negative terminal of the battery off
      2: Pull the steering wheel off (not sure on the size)
      3: Take the steering column surround off (2-3 screws)
      4: Take the combination switch off (3 flat head screws and 5-6 wire plugs)
      5: Take the sleeve off the steering column shaft (will need a puller for this)
      6: Take the allen out of the steering column shaft holding the ignition switch + lock in place (5-6mm. allen)
      7: Put the key in the ignition to the on position to unlock the steering column
      8: Pull the plug off the ignition switch
      9: Pull the ignition switch off the column
      10: Take the phillips head screw out of the switch holding the electrical part in (can not take this out while it is on the column .)
      11: Replace switch
      12: Reverse directions to go back in

      Hope that helps

      DJMoney6916v what year is your VW? I need to change the ignition switch on my 97 2.8 passat and I'm wondering if I use the same method that you did?

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      08-12-2014 05:23 PM #13
      Dude, this thread is from 2003... I SERIOUSLY doubt you will get an answer from ANY of the people that posted in it.

      But here's a nice DIY with photos for you: https://sites.google.com/site/stoyne...-lock-cylinder

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      08-12-2014 09:46 PM #14
      There's a decent DIY on YouTube. I used it prior to replacing the electrical portion of my switch. 30 minute job.

      Izzo, your link is only referencing the mechanical portion.

      -Todd

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