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Username Post: ignition switch        (Topic#360409)
clyde hammer 
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04-05-20 03:04 PM - Post#2790394    

I want to replace the original ignition switch. I have removed the switch from dash, but the wires to it are so short I'm unable to pull it down from under the dash so I can switch it out. I have original wiring and it's somewhat stiff. I've decided that in order to achieve this task I will have to remove the instrument panel to gain access from above the switch area and make it possible to do this. I've had the panel out before and know the procedure. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



 


toms57 
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04-05-20 08:19 PM - Post#2790420    
    In response to clyde hammer

reach up and release the plug from the back of the switch then remove it from the dash and change out.

Otherwise you will need 2 hands to pull it apart.




 
acardon 
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acardon
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04-06-20 05:17 AM - Post#2790447    
    In response to clyde hammer

What year model?

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
clyde hammer 
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04-06-20 10:35 AM - Post#2790485    
    In response to acardon

57 210 with 283 powerglide



 
YOUNG57 
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04-09-20 12:51 PM - Post#2790740    
    In response to clyde hammer

Removing the instrument panel is a lot more problem than just unplugging the ignition switch.

The instrument panel has the speedo cable, fuel & temp gauges, oil & gen lights, turn signal indicator lights and dash illumination lights to be disconnected and the foot of the instrument panel is under the shift collar on the steering column so the steer wheel, turn signal assembly and shift collar have to be removed.




Edited by YOUNG57 on 04-09-20 12:52 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
clyde hammer 
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04-11-20 03:36 PM - Post#2790920    
    In response to YOUNG57

I've removed the instrument panel so as to change out the bad fuel gauge, as well as the ignition switch. Both have been replaced. Turned on ignition and tried to start engine. Nothing. I've changed out the coil, points and condenser, cap and rotor, ballast resistor. All new. Nothing else in the start circuit except the neutral safety switch. Still no start. Have a neutral safety switch on order which is the only part I've not changed. If that doesn't solve the no start problem I'll move on to the starter motor. Last week my car was warming up in driveway prior for a little drive. All of sudden the idle slowed down and the engine just died. Couldn't restart it. Not getting spark to plugs.

My question at this point is would a bad neutral safety switch cause the engine to stop running?



 
acardon 
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04-11-20 04:15 PM - Post#2790921    
    In response to clyde hammer

No, the neutral safety switch only has to do with cranking, as does the starter. It sounds like your throwing parts at it, instead of trouble shooting.
Do you have 12 volts to the + coil terminal? Try putting a jumper wire from the +battery to the + coil terminal and see if you have spark. Chances are a wire came loose under the dash. The jumpwe will bypass the under dash wires.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Bad56Sedan 
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04-11-20 04:27 PM - Post#2790924    
    In response to clyde hammer

I wonder has a wire on the back of the ignition switch plug kinda like pulled out when you plugged it back in?

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Edited by Bad56Sedan on 04-11-20 04:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
clyde hammer 
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04-11-20 05:07 PM - Post#2790927    
    In response to acardon

I have power to the coil. Since I've had this no start problem, I decided to change all the ignition circuit parts as it's all original and I don't trust it anymore. That's the reason I'm changing parts. Since the safety switch controls the starter function I'll be changing that out tomorrow courtesy of Napa. In the meantime I will do as you say and bypass the ignition switch.



 
clyde hammer 
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04-11-20 06:35 PM - Post#2790930    
    In response to acardon

Have no voltage to pos term on coil. Hooked up remote start switch from battery positive to coil positive. Ignition off. Pulled trigger on remote switch...no starter activity. When ignition is in ON position there is 12.43 volts to the coil.



 


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