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S2 Ignition switch

PostPost by: Lincoln62 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:31 am

Has anybody succesfully repaired an ignition switch? I have tried to
pull it apart but there must be a trick to it. I have pried the tabs
back but seems like the lock barrel is stopping it from coming apart.
It has a small hole in the side of the casing which gives me access to
something but I am not sure what.

Has an intermittent fault which should be easy to fix if I could get it
apart without breaking it.

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PostPost by: Frank Howard » Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:52 am


Mine came right apart once I got past the locking tabs. Perhaps yours heated
up and melted something that is now holding it together. If so, the switch
is junk so you might as well keep prying!

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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:26 pm

The little hole is for access to the detent spring which retains the key tumbler. IIRC, the switch has to be turned to ignition setting. Then depress the detent through the hole and pull the tumbler out of the switch. I can't remember if the tumbler needs to be out to get the switch apart. Maybe. But then you should be able to get it apart and fix the problem. The tumbler is easy to do.Rather than something fused together, your problem is more likely worn contacts and it may be a problem restoring them.

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