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How To: Ignition Switch Change

The ignition switch on my 06 Hemi was acting up (Random issues with stalling, dash loosing all power and slow response from starter when key is turned). So since I was changing it figured I would do a quick write up here in case others want to tackle it. It is a pretty straight forward job.

Disconnect the negative battery terminal.


This trim cover around the ignition switch needs to be removed.



Carefully pry the trim off with a trim removal tool. Or you can just grab it and pull it off like I did since I didn't have a trim removal tool and the little screw driver I was trying to use seemed to be damaging the plastic. Something wider would have been better (like a little putty knife).
Here is a photo of the trim removed so you know here the clips are located.



There are two T15 torx screws that need to me removed on the lower edge of the switch.



Now the front dash fascia needs to be removed in order to get to the last torx screw holding the ignition switch in. the dash fascia is held in with most of the socket head cap screws on the face of the dash. You only need to remove the ones in the photos but it will not hurt anything if you pull them all.





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After removing the screws you pull the fascia straight forward to release the spring clips holding it on.


The socket head screws that were removed from the dash fascia screw into metal clips that are inserted into the dash. I had a few that fell out in the removal process so make sure that you find them an reinsert the clips into their slots.


Note the slot on the left is missing a clip.


The dash was removed in order to access this torx screw that is in the top of the ignition. It does not need to be completely removed because it rides in a slot on the dash. Loosen it a couple of turns and the switch should be free.



Pop the lower knee panel down under the steering column.



Now remove the switch assembly out through the bottom. Be careful not to kink the cable and wiring.



Disconnect the wire connector from the ignition switch.
In the photo the red locking clip is first pushed to the left. Then the black push tab on the wiring connector is pushed and held down in order to pull it off the switch.


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The manual now says to remove the other cables and wiring but it seemed like there was enough space to work on it where it was so I didn't bother. Just be careful not to stress the cables to much when working on it.
Next remove the T10 torx screw from the switch (black one in photo).


Now the switch is held on by two plastic locking tabs. The tabs need to be pressed in simultaneously with two small screwdrivers before the switch can be pulled off. I did this myself but having a third hand would have made it much easier.




All apart. Now assembly is just the opposite. My switches were not in the same key position. Note the different orientation of the rectangular slots in the switches. When clipping the ignition switch back onto the housing, insert the key and turn it until it mates properly with the rectangular shaft of the housing. You will not be able to clip the switch back on until they line up correctly.



Getting the assembled ignition back into position was the tricky part of this job. It is a tight squeeze and you have to turn it just right but it does go up...eventually First make sure that the top torx screw is installed properly in its respective slot before tightening the front torx screws.



And that's it.
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Awesome guide, thanks for the post.

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Thanks. Hope it saves some people a few bucks in labour. It's really an easy job.

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Thanks. Hope it saves some people a few bucks in labour. It's really an easy job.
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Nice job... Thanks !

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