How to Remove & Replace an Ignition Switch

by Alibaster Smith

The ignition switch on your vehicle operates the ignition. Many vehicles use a combined ignition cylinder lock and switch assembly where the switch is located on the back of the cylinder lock. Removing the switch is normally a simple process of pulling the cylinder lock out of the steering column. However, for most vehicles, you'll need to have the ignition key to remove the lock and switch assembly.

Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "II" position.

Insert the pin into the hole underneath the ignition switch under the key.

Apply upward pressure on the pin to depress the release tab on the underside of the cylinder and switch mechanism.

Pull the ignition switch and cylinder out of the steering column with the key.

Insert the new ignition switch and cylinder into the steering column with the key turned to the "II" position. Push the switch all the way into the column until the cylinder and switch assembly click into place, indicating that it is locked into the column.


  • check For specific information on removing and replacing the ignition switch in your vehicle, consult your particular vehicle's manual (see Resources).

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I am a Registered Financial Consultant with 6 years experience in the financial services industry. I am trained in the financial planning process, with an emphasis in life insurance and annuity contracts. I have written for Demand Studios since 2009.

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