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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
lemahoney08
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Steering column ignition switch

I took my dash off to replace with a new one and as I am bolting the column back in a spring came out on the floor boards. I am not sure where it came from? Then I unbolted and took the column back out and the ignition switch had came apart and a few more smaller springs and copper things were laying there. Now when I turn the key, there is no return from ignition to run. My CJ7 has a YJ steering column.

My question is, are there springs up inside the steering column or if I replace the ignition switch module will that fix my problems. I am trying to determine if replacing the ignition switch is a waste of time or should I just go get a new column.

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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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If I'm not mistaken, YJs had GM columns just like CJs.

The return spring for the key is inside the ignition switch.

Any auto parts store will have GM ignition switches.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Sounds like you just have to replace the ignition switch.

Got a picture of the parts? I could tell you then..
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Unread 05-09-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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I will get pictures tonight and post them up in the morning. The ignition switch part is only 9.98 at Napa so I may just go that route and not be out much if it is not the problem.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #5
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I will get pictures tonight and post them up in the morning. The ignition switch part is only 9.98 at Napa so I may just go that route and not be out much if it is not the problem.
It is the problem. I've rebuilt my own column part by part. I disassembled my old ignition switch to map the connections. Those copper pieces are the contacts of the switch that ride on the plastic rails inside. They are spring loaded and covered in grease.

The return spring sits inside at the end of the switch and repels the slider. the slider is connected via a rod up to a rack under the shroud that is moved up and down via the motion of the key.

There are no hidden springs anywhere inside the column. In fact, the only spring in the column is for the lock plate (and if you have an auto column, for the selector lever).
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:08 PM   #6
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sounds like a new switch is in order. this link shows column guts piece by piece:

http://www.epiccomputer.com/dale/jee...tilt/tilt.html

john strenk has an excellent one as well
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