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How to Change an Ignition Switch on a Cutlass

by Alibaster Smith

The ignition switch on an Oldsmobile Cutlass sends an electrical signal to the starter motor when you turn the ignition key. When your ignition switch fails, you won't be able to start your Cutlass. While the most common reason for a "no-start" engine problem is a dead battery, you should change the ignition switch if you know the battery is fully charged and you still do not hear the initial "click" of the switch when you turn the ignition key to the "III" position.

Step 1

Remove the screws on the underside of the steering column cover.

Step 2

Pull down on the steering column cover to remove it.

Step 3

Slide the punch pin into the access hole on the underside of the steering column.

Step 4

Turn the ignition key to the "II" position.

Step 5

Push in on the punch pin and pull the ignition switch and cylinder assembly out of the steering column. Then remove the pin from the access hole.

Slide the new ignition switch assembly into the steering column and orient the switch and cylinder assembly so that it can be pushed all the way into the steering column. The assembly will snap into place when it is properly oriented.

Items you will need

  • 1/8-inch punch pin
  • Screwdriver

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