How to Remove the Ignition Switch on a 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity

The ignition switch is a five-phase switch that controls the ignition of the car. On the Chevrolet Celebrity, the switch is located in the steering column next to the ignition lock. Removal of the switch is easily completed once the steering shroud is removed. The ignition switch consists of two screws and a wiring harness.

Tools Used: Socket wrench, Socket set, Phillips-head screwdriver

Remove Ignition Switch

Open the hood for access to the engine compartment. Disconnect the battery by unbolting the negative cable.

Unbolt the steering column shroud from around the steering column with a socket wrench. There will be four bolts to unscrew.

Unbolt the four bolts holding the steering column in place. They will be located on the steering shaft where it goes inside the dash. This will loosen the shaft and allow it lower for more room to access the ignition switch.

Unscrew the ignition switch with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Locate the switch just below where the key lock is installed.

Unplug the wiring harness that is installed in the back of the switch by hand. The harness will have tabs on either side that need to be separated to unlock from the switch. Pull the harness away from the switch.

Pull the switch away from the steering column.

Tips & Warnings

Removing just the bottom half of the steering column shroud will be enough room to disconnect and remove the ignition switch.

Use caution when working around the electrical system. Always isolate the battery before working on electrical components.

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