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Unread 09-02-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Ignition switch install- CJ7

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I'm having ignition issues in that recently the engine wouldn't turn off with the key. The next time I came back to it the battery was dead, so the ignition obviously stayed on. When I charged the battery I noticed that some of the dashboard lights were still illuminated despite the key being in the off position.

So I decided to replaced the ignition switch (not the key cylinder) down on top of the steering column. I'm obviously having a moment of stupidity because I can't figure out for the life of me how the actuator rod end, which is pointing straight up, fits into the slot and hole of the ignition switch which is canted at a 45 degree angle.

I didn't pay enough attention when I pulled the old one out to see how it fit in. My replacement ignition switch matches the original perfectly, to include the 45 degree angle in which the actuator rod seemingly goes in. How the heck does this thing go together?!?!

Help!



This is my replacement part which matches the old one.


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Unread 09-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Unread 09-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hello, The picture you posted of the blue ignition switch with the arrow pointing at the hole. The switch needs to lay with that hole directly on top of the actuator rod. The silver piece will go to the left "towards the drivers side tire," that bolts to the steering column. It will only fit on the column one way. The connectors will plug in on the right side of the steering column. I just did this a few weeks ago, and was in the same boat as you. I scratched my head for a couple days til I figured it out. Kind of an aggrivating design honestly.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 03:36 PM   #4
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Hello, The picture you posted of the blue ignition switch with the arrow pointing at the hole. The switch needs to lay with that hole directly on top of the actuator rod. The silver piece will go to the left "towards the drivers side tire," that bolts to the steering column. It will only fit on the column one way. The connectors will plug in on the right side of the steering column. I just did this a few weeks ago, and was in the same boat as you. I scratched my head for a couple days til I figured it out. Kind of an aggrivating design honestly.
JEESH....I see what you mean - so that the plug will come in from the passenger side.....
Seems pretty obvious now- was definitely having a mental block

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Unread 09-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #5
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No problem. I was in the same boat for a couple days until it just dawned while I was laying in bed going to sleep. I'm still in the midst of dealing with a huge electrical problem. So no jeep yet.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:13 PM   #6
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how do you connect the switch? my ignition switch was scrapped by my dad a couple years ago. (thanks a lot). I have purchased everything to get the switch back in... does the wiring harness just connect using female spade terminals? or is it a specific plug?

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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:15 PM   #7
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That should be a specific plug I think....

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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:17 PM   #8
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Yea ,that should have a plug on your harness for it...

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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:56 PM   #9
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hmm.. I have a painless pre-term'd harness still in the box but I am not sure if it has that part.. any chance I can get a picture of everything plugged in?

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i think John Strenk occassionally posts photos of that connector. You could look through his old posts.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:07 AM   #11
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thanks. I will look it up.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:16 AM   #12
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well luckily, it appears the painless harness I have at the house has the appropriate plugs.. so, that's great news for me.
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