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How to Replace an Ignition Switch on a 1996 Chevy S10 Pickup

by Russell WoodUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Open-end wrench set

  • 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Torx-head driver set

  • Replacement ignition switch

The ignition switch on your 1996 Chevrolet S-10 can get a lot of use, particularly if the vehicle has logged a lot of miles. When it malfunctions, you won't be able to start the vehicle. Fortunately, replacing the ignition switch with a new one isn't a very difficult process, and can be done in approximately an hour with some basic tools.

Pop the hood of the vehicle. Remove the negative terminal from the battery, using an open-end wrench. Wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding further.

Remove the shroud around the steering column, using the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket. Pull it off the column, by hand, and set it to the side. Unplug the wiring to the switch, by hand. Verify that the switch is in the "Lock" position, then remove the screws from the switch, using the Torx-head driver; remove the switch from the column.

Make sure the replacement switch is in the "Lock" position. Set the replacement switch on the column and tighten it in place, using the factory screws and the Torx-head driver. Reinstall the steering column cover, using the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket, then reattach the negative terminal on the battery, using an open-end wrench.

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