STEERING COLUMN SWITCHES
1988 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Steering Column Switches
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
TURN SIGNAL & HAZARD FLASHER SWITCHES
Removal & Installation
Place front wheels in straight-ahead position. Disconnect
battery negative cable. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the
STEERING WHEEL & HORN REMOVAL article.
On models with A/T, place selector lever in "PARK"
position. Remove selector lever retaining pin and lever. Using 2
screwdrivers, remove lock plate cover. On models with tilt column,
remove tilt lever.
Using Plate Compressor (J-23653-A), compress lock plate.
If shaft has metric threads, use Metric Forcing Screw (J-23653-4)
prior to installing compressor on shaft. Remove and discard lock plate
snap ring. Remove plate compressor
NOTE: The lock plate is under strong spring tension. DO NOT attempt to remove snap ring without using lock plate compressor.
Remove lock plate, canceling cam, upper bearing preload
spring, spring seat and bearing race (thrust washer on some models).
Depress hazard warning switch while unscrewing from column.
On vehicles with A/T, use a paper clip to compress lock
tab retaining shift quadrant light wire in connector block. Disconnect
wire. On all models, remove turn signal lever attaching screw and
On vehicles with cruise control, disconnect 2 of 4 wires
at switch connector. Fold wires back along harness. Tape wires to
harness. Tape a string to harness to aid in removal.
Disconnect turn signal switch wire harness at bottom of
steering column. Tape around turn signal switch harness connector to
aid in removal. Remove turn signal switch attaching screws. Remove
switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.
Remove horn button and steering wheel. Refer to the
STEERING WHEEL & HORN REMOVAL article. Remove turn signal switch.
Remove key warning buzzer switch and contacts as an assembly, using
On models with standard column, turn ignition lock
cylinder (clockwise) 2 detent positions beyond the "OFF/LOCK"
position. On models with tilt column, turn lock cylinder to "LOCK"
position. On all models, compress lock cylinder retaining tab and
remove lock cylinder from housing. See Fig. 1.
Fig. 1: Removing Jeep Lock Cylinder Courtesy of Chrysler Motors
To install, insert key in lock cylinder. Hold cylinder
sleeve while turning key clockwise until key stops. Align lock
cylinder retaining tab with keyway in housing. Insert cylinder into
Push lock cylinder inward until it contacts lock sector.
Rotate cylinder to engage it with lock sector. Push lock cylinder
inward until cylinder retaining tab engages in housing groove. To
complete installation, reverse removal procedure.
Removal (Cherokee, Wagoneer & Wrangler)
Remove lower instrument panel trim panel. Insert key in lock
cylinder. Turn cylinder to "OFF-UNLOCK" position. Disconnect switch from remote rod. Disconnect harness connectors at switch. Remove switch.
Move switch slider to "ACC" position. Engage remote rod in switch slider. Position switch on column, taking care not to move slider. Hold key in "ACC" position while pushing switch down slightly to remove slack in actuator rod. Install attaching screws. Connect harness connectors.
Removal (Comanche & Grand Wagoneer)
Remove lower instrument panel trim panel. Insert key in lock cylinder. Turn cylinder 2 positions beyond the "OFF-UNLOCK" position. Disconnect switch from remote rod. Disconnect harness connectors at switch. Remove switch.
Move switch slider to "ACC" position. Move switch slider back 2 clicks to "OFF-UNLOCK" position. Engage remote rod in switch slider. Position switch on column. DO NOT move slider while positioning switch. Install attaching screws. Connect harness connectors.
10 Turn Signal Lever
Steering Wheel Retaining Nut
Lock Plate Cover
Horn Contact Pin, Retainer & Spring
Upper Bearing Preioad Spring
Fig. 2: Exploded View of Jeep Steering Column Switch Assemblies Courtesy of Chrysler Motors
Rack Preload Spring
Shift Gate Lock
Ignition Lock Cylinder
Turn Signal Switch
Refer to TROUBLE SHOOTING GENERAL TROUBLE SHOOTING section.
- BASIC PROCEDURES article in the