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How to Remove the Ignition on a 1984 Chevrolet Silverado

On a 1984 Chevrolet Silverado, there wasn't much in the way of theft protection. In fact, a common way to steal these trucks was to jam a screwdriver into the ignition then force it over. If your ignition switch has been damaged for one reason or another, you'll want to replace it so you don't have to hotwire the truck to get it started. First, though, you have to remove the old one.

Tools Used: 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set, Phillips-head screwdriver, Flathead screwdriver

Remove the Ignition

Unbolt the steering column from the underside of the dashboard using a 1/2-inch ratchet and socket. Lower it away from the dashboard and support it on your knees while you work.

Check that the ignition is in the "lock" position and if it isn't, move it to that place using the key or a flathead screwdriver if necessary.

Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws next to the ignition switch using the Phillips-head screwdriver and then remove the switch from the column. Disconnect any linkage connected to the ignition switch as you pull it out of the column.

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