How to Remove an Ignition Switch on a 1985 Dodge Van

The ignition switch installed on a tilting steering column in a 1985 Dodge van is the trigger that begins the starting process and gets the van's engine running. Over time, the contacts inside the ignition switch can wear down, causing problems with starting the van until eventually the switch stops working. When that happens, you'll need to replace the switch.

Tools Used: Open-end wrench set, Phillips-head screwdriver, 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set, Electrical tape

Remove an Ignition Switch

Pop the hood. Use a wrench to remove the terminal on the negative battery post.

Take off the plastic steering column cover using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Make sure the transmission is in the "Drive" position, then remove the indicator cable using the screwdriver.

Unbolt the lower panel from the dashboard using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Unbolt the steering column from the dashboard with the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket.

Unplug the wiring harness from the ignition switch. Put the key in the ignition and make sure it is in the "lock" setting. Wrap the ignition switch rod with electrical tape to stick it to the steering column and hold it in place. Unscrew the switch from the column using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Turn the ignition switch counter clockwise 90 degrees, then remove it from the column.

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