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Unread 05-29-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Ignition Switch Test??

Hey guys, I am sure you can help me. I have searched for the answer but nothing helped me. My Jeep is an 82 CJ7 manual tranny with 258 motor. No prior problems then on attempting to start the key kind of felt like it was grabbing/grinding and did not return. Replaced the key switch but still happening so I am thinking ignition switch, how should these things act if they are good. I have the column torn apart now just to freshen it up and everything else looks good. Thanks in advance, Shawn

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Unread 05-29-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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down at the bottom of the column under the dash where the actual ignition switch is if you remove the switch from the column there should be a tab that moves back and forth that moves the ignition switch to the desired off/run/start positions. I dont know the wire color coding for the actual switch. hopefully someone will come along that can provide that information.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 06:47 PM   #3
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I have the switch out, and it does slide back and forth. Is there any kind of return action to it when the key is released from start?
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Unread 05-29-2011, 08:16 PM   #4
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The switch itself has a spring inside it to return key back from start position. Take a skinny Philips screwdriver and put it in the slot that the rod on column goes in and move it from 1 position to another. It should clic from position to position untill you get to start position where it will just spring back. you will feel the spring.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #5
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Ok, I think it is definately the ignition switch. It is very rough/gritty when manually operating switch with a screwdriver, there are clicks but no return spring action. Thanks for the help, I will keep you updated.....
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Unread 05-31-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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UPDATE~ Changed out the ignition switch and it starts, however now my gears are slipping in the key switch. How do you change those.....
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