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How to replace Ignition Switch and Lock Cylinder on 1999 dodge Dakota?

Ignition Switch & Lock Cylinder


These models are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS by disconnecting the battery negative cable(s) and allowing at least two minutes for the air bag capacitor to discharge.

  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable(s).
  2. If equipped with a tilt column, remove the tilt lever (turn CCW).
  3. Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
  4. Place the automatic transmissions in PARK .
  5. Turn the key to the RUN position.
  6. Press in on the retaining pin while pulling the key from the ignition switch.
  7. Remove the key lock cylinder.
  8. Remove the three ignition switch mounting screws which require a tamper-proof torx bit.
  9. Gently pull the switch away from the steering column. Release the connector locks on the seven-terminal wiring connector.
  10. Release the connector lock on the four-terminal halo lamp wiring connector and remove connector.

To install:

  1. Rotate the flag on the rear of the ignition switch until it is in the RUNposition. This is to allow the tang on the key cylinder to fit into the slots within the ignition switch.
  2. With the key in the ignition key cylinder, rotate the key CW until the retaining pin can be depressed.
  3. Install the key cylinder into the ignition switch by aligning the retaining pin into the retaining pin slot. Push the key cylinder into the switch until the retaining pin engages. After the pin engages, rotate the key to OFF or LOCK .
  4. Check for proper retention of the key cylinder by attempting to pull the cylinder from the switch.
  5. On automatic transmission models, before attaching the ignition switch to the steering column, ensure that the shifter is in PARK . The park lock dowel pin on the rear of the ignition switch must also be properly indexed into the park lock linkage before installing the switch.
  6. The flag at the rear of the ignition switch must be properly indexed into the steering column before installing the switch. This flag is used to operate the steering wheel lock lever in the steering column. This lever allows the steering wheel position to be locked when the key switch is in the LOCKposition.
  7. Place the ignition switch in the LOCK position. The switch is in the LOCKposition when the column lock flag is parallel to the ignition switch terminals.
  8. On automatic transmission models, apply a light coating of grease to the park lock dowel pin and park lock slider linkage. Before installing the switch, push the park lock slider linkage forward until it bottoms. Do a final positioning by pulling it rearward about 1 / 4 in.
  9. Apply a light coating of grease to both column lock flag and shaft at end of flag.
  10. Place the ignition switch into openings on steering column.
  11. On automatic transmission models, be sure the park lock dowel pin on the rear of the ignition switch enters the slot in the park lock slider linkage.
  12. Be sure the flag on the rear of the switch is positioned above the steering wheel lock lever.
  13. Align the dowel pins on the rear of the switch into the holes on the side of the steering coulmn.
  14. Install the mounting screws and tighten to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
  15. After installing the switch, rotate the key from LOCK to ON . Verify that the park lock slider moves in the slider slot, allowing the gearshift lever to be moved out of PARK on automatic transmission models. If the slider does not move, and the gearshift lever is locked in PARK , the ignition switch park lock dowel pin, on the rear of the ignition switch, is not properly installed in the slot of the park lock slider linkage. Remove the ignition switch and reinstall.
  16. Connect the electrical connectors to the halo lamp. Make sure that the switch locking tabs are fully seated in the wiring connectors.
  17. Install the steering column covers.
  18. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal.



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Fig. Press in on the retaining pin while pulling the key cylinder from the ignition switch



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Fig. Three tamper-proof Torx® screws secure the ignition switch



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Fig. Flag in RUN position for key cylinder installation



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Fig. Key cylinder rear view



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Fig. Installing the key cylinder into the switch



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Fig. Park lock linkage-automatic transmission models



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Fig. Steering wheel lock cover



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Steering Wheel


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS. Refer to "Chassis Electrical" for air bag removal, handling and installation procedures.


NOTE
Do NOT move the front wheels or steering shaft once the steering wheel is removed. Moving the front wheels or steering shaft will disturb the relationship between the clock spring and the shaft. If the relationship has been disturbed, the clock spring must be centered prior to reinstalling the steering wheel.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Wait two minutes. This time is required to discharge the capacitor and prevent unintended air bag deployment. The system is now disarmed.
  3. Ensure the steering wheel and the vehicle's front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
  4. As required, remove the speed control switches from the horn pad by unscrewing the attaching screws.
  5. Remove the four air bag module retaining fasteners at the back of the steering wheel.
  6. Pull the module far enough away from the steering wheel to disconnect the clockspring wire harness.
  7. Label and disconnect the clockspring wire harness.
  8. Remove the air bag module from the steering wheel.
  9. Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
  10. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
  11. Using a steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel from the shaft.

To install:

  1. Align and install the steering wheel on the column shaft.
  2. Install a new retaining nut and tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) on Ram, or 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm) on Dakota and Durango.
  3. Connect the clockspring wire harness.
  4. Install the four air bag module retaining nuts and tighten to 80-100 inch lbs. (9-11 Nm).
  5. As required, install the speed control switches on the horn pad.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Check the air bag system for proper function prior to driving the vehicle.



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Fig. Removing the air bag module hardware



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Fig. Removing the steering wheel nut



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Fig. Using a puller to remove the steering wheel




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Remove the tilt lever and turn signal lever.If equipped, remove the turn signal lever.Remove the turn signal switch.Using the key, place the lock cylinder in the LOCK position. Remove the key.Insert a thin punch in the slot next to the switch mounting screw boss and depress the spring latch at the bottom of the slot. Hold the spring latch depressed and pull the lock cylinder out of the column.Place the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY position and remove the mounting screws. Lift off the switch. The ACCESSORY position is the one opposite the spring-loaded end position.To install:First, install the lock cylinder. Place the cylinder in the LOCK position and push it into the housing. It will snap into place.Rotate the lock cylinder to the ACCESSORY position.Fit the actuator rod in the slider hole and position the switch on the column. Insert the mounting screws, but don't tighten them yet.Push the switch gently down the column to remove all lash from the actuator rod. Tighten the mounting screws. Make sure that you didn't take the switch out of the ACCESSORY detent!
The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.
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Turn Signal (Combination) Switch


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
These models are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS by disconnecting the battery negative cable(s) and allowing at least two minutes for the air bag capacitor to discharge.

  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable(s).
  2. If equipped with a tilt column, remove the tilt lever (turn CCW).
  3. Remove upper and lower steering column shrouds.
  4. Remove the mounting screws which require a tamper-proof Torx® bit.
  5. Gently pull the combination switch away from the steering column.
  6. To disconnect the wiring, remove the screw which secures the connector to the switch.
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal.



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Fig. Removing tilt column lever



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Fig. Remove the two tamper-proof Torx® screws to remove the combination switch



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Fig. Remove this screw to disconnect the combination switch wiring


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