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How to Remove the Ignition Switch on a 1994 Toyota

by Russell Wood

The average 1994 Toyota has been started a few thousand times, and with age, parts start to wear out. One part that takes a lot of abuse is the ignition switch, which is responsible for firing the engine with the turn of a key. The switch eventually gives out when the contacts wear down, and you're left stuck and unable to start the vehicle. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1994 Toyota pickup, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.


Remove the four screws on the bottom of the steering column cover with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull apart the top and bottom pieces of the steering column cover, which is behind the steering wheel. Then put the key in the ignition and turn it to the "accessory" position.


Unplug the wiring from the ignition switch to the steering column with your hands. Then unfold the paper clip so it is straight. Locate the tiny hole on the side of the ignition switch, facing the driver and perpendicular to the key. Push in this hole with the paper clip while simultaneously pulling the key out of the ignition.


Unscrew the safety switch on the side of the ignition with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Then unscrew the ignition from the steering column with the screwdriver as well. Pull the switch away from the steering column.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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