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post #1 of 5 Old 12-09-2008, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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how do you replace/check your ignition switch

my 2000 jeep wont start. batt, relay and starter are fine i can jump the relay and it will start but when i try to start it with the key i get nothing. there is no power going from the ignition switch to the relay or there in no power going from the batt to the ignition switch. i know the ignition switch wire from the fuse block back to the under the dash is yellow with a red stripe. i have followed that back from the fuse box to under the dash but can anyone tell me how to test further? thanks for the help

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Neutral saftey switch. Try puttin it in neutral. Just a thought.

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thanks for the input i forgot to put its a stick and i check the clutch switch and its working fine.
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I'm gonna have to do it myself. I don't know how to check it, but to replace it you will need to take the panels off under the steering column. Then the bottom of the steering column can come off. It is held on by some screws. Before it will come off, put your key in the ignition and turn it to the Run position. You will need something skinny to push into the hole on the bottom steering column panel and that will let the key cylinder slide out. Then you can finish taking that panel off. You will see the ignition switch under there. It is held on with tamper proof torx screws. I don't know what size though. Mine has been going in and out for a while now but when we looked at it the plug was loose. It has been about a month since it hasn't started. This isn't the best write-up as it was late at night in a semi-dark garage when we looked at it, but hopefully it will help you out some.

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i just changed mine. it was backordered so make sure you can get one before you pull yours apart. they are only $16 new.

mine would start if I turned the key a whole bunch of times until it finally cranked. I assume dirty connectors internal to the switch,. new one works fine

as far as changing the switch im sure theres a proper way. but heres how it went for me.

disconnect battery positive and ground positive terminal

remove 4 screws from bottom plastic cover and remove bottom then top column covers

remove 2 screws from the top of turn signal cluster, you will need a hollow torx and raise it up so you can get to the switch screw

remove one screw from ignition switch (different size hollow torx)

unplug ignition switch

pull ignition switch out toward the driver door, it snaps so it takes a little force

heres where it was tricky for me.

the new switch is set to the off position, you cant install it in the run position.

there is a white plastic rod inside of the column rod that you need to line up in the new switch then snap it in place and reassemble.

I removed the lock cylinder when I did mine and with the lock cylinder removed I moved it to off position and installed the switch, but you cant put the lock cylinder back on in the run position so I reached in with a 3/8 extension and turned the lock to run and reinserted the cylinder.

I think it is meant to be replaced in the off position so I would try that first.

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