Note: disconnect your battery BEFORE anything else! This procedure is for models WITHOUT airbags!
  • Note: disconnect your battery BEFORE anything else! This procedure is for models WITHOUT airbags!

  • First pull off your horn button and remove the horn wire by pushing in and twisting the plastic keeper.

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There are six "torx head" screws that hold the steering wheel to the steering wheel hub. I t is NOT necessary to remove these, but it does make the job easier.
  • There are six "torx head" screws that hold the steering wheel to the steering wheel hub. I t is NOT necessary to remove these, but it does make the job easier.

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Remove the steering shaft nut and pull off the steering hub. A steering wheel puller may be required. Use caution as the steering hub may pop lose. I bet you do not want to pay a dentist over stupidity. Next remove the two "torx head" screws behind the steering hub that hold the two plastic covers togeather.
  • Remove the steering shaft nut and pull off the steering hub. A steering wheel puller may be required. Use caution as the steering hub may pop lose. I bet you do not want to pay a dentist over stupidity. Next remove the two "torx head" screws behind the steering hub that hold the two plastic covers togeather.

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The top plastic cover should pull off with a little persuation.
  • The top plastic cover should pull off with a little persuation.

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Use locking pliers unscrew the tilt adjusting lever. TIP: rap a shop towel or dish cloth around the level to keep from scratching it.
  • Use locking pliers unscrew the tilt adjusting lever. TIP: rap a shop towel or dish cloth around the level to keep from scratching it.

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Remove the three "torx hed" screws holding the bottom plastic cover to the steering column. The cover should then fall off.
  • Remove the three "torx hed" screws holding the bottom plastic cover to the steering column. The cover should then fall off.

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The first picture is what you should see while sitting int the car correctly. lean over to find and remove the two "torx head" screws on the left hand side of the ignition assembly. The first picture is what you should see while sitting int the car correctly. lean over to find and remove the two "torx head" screws on the left hand side of the ignition assembly.
  • The first picture is what you should see while sitting int the car correctly. lean over to find and remove the two "torx head" screws on the left hand side of the ignition assembly.

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Use a flat head screwdriver to make sure the switch is good. (reconnect battery and turn the switche in either direction as if to turn the vehicle on then start then off. It should turn smoothly and only kick back to the on position. After testing the new switch, disconnect the battery again. Take note of the tab on the case of the switch.
  • Use a flat head screwdriver to make sure the switch is good. (reconnect battery and turn the switche in either direction as if to turn the vehicle on then start then off. It should turn smoothly and only kick back to the on position. After testing the new switch, disconnect the battery again. Take note of the tab on the case of the switch.

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Remember that tab? If not, your hopeless. If you do, good! Tab A goes into slot B, marked in the photo. Also note that just above the red circle is the end of the ignition lock cylinder in the off position. If yours is not in the off position, it shoudl be.
  • Remember that tab? If not, your hopeless. If you do, good! Tab A goes into slot B, marked in the photo. Also note that just above the red circle is the end of the ignition lock cylinder in the off position. If yours is not in the off position, it shoudl be.

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putting everything back togeather is the opposite removal. It should be fairly easy.
  • putting everything back togeather is the opposite removal. It should be fairly easy.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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How to change out the key switch 94 Cavalier

eddie Richardson - Reply

Quick and easy fix! Thanks!

Terry Manning - Reply

Where can get a replacement ignition switch? Do stores carry them??

Forrest Sutton - Reply

how do you get the switch cylinder out of column

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