How to Remove a Jeep Wrangler Ignition Switch

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Removing the ignition switch from your Jeep Wrangler may be necessary to access other components within the steering column. There are many electrical components all hidden under the plastic steering column covers and some of them are buried under others. If you need to replace the switch or other parts of the ignition, the switch needs to come out. If the switch itself is damaged, the dealer can supply a new one and can also key the new switch to your old keys.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wrench set
  • Ignition key
  • Small screwdriver or punch

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative terminal of the battery, using a wrench to loosen the retaining bolt, then pull the cable off and set it aside. Place the key into the ignition switch of your Jeep and turn it to the "ON" position.

  2. 2

    Locate the hole in the plastic column cover directly below the ignition switch. Place a small screwdriver or punch into the hole and depress the tang on the bottom of the cylinder.

  3. 3

    Grasp the key and pull it straight out of the column, retracting the ignition switch with it. Be sure to pull it straight out to avoid damage to the cylinder.

  4. 4

    Remove the screwdriver or punch from the underside of the steering column.

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