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STEERING COLUMN SWITCHES

1988 Jeep Cherokee

1988 STEERING

Jeep Steering Column Switches

All Models

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

TURN SIGNAL & HAZARD FLASHER SWITCHES

Removal & Installation

  1. Place front wheels in straight-ahead position. Disconnect
    battery negative cable. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the
    STEERING WHEEL & HORN REMOVAL article.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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
    lever.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

LOCK CYLINDER

Removal

  1. 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
    needle-nose pliers.

  2. 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

Installation

  1. 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
    housing.

  2. 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.

IGNITION SWITCH

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.

Installation

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.

IGNITION SWITCH

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.

Installation

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

  1. Thrust Cup

  2. Housing

  3. Indicator Assembly

  4. Indicator Light

  5. Lock Bolt

  6. Spring Washer

  7. Lockflack


  1. Steering Wheel Retaining Nut

  2. Washer

  3. Lock Plate Cover

  4. Snap Ring

  5. Lock Rate

  6. Horn Contact Pin, Retainer & Spring

  7. Cancelling Cam

  8. Upper Bearing Preioad Spring

  9. Thrust Washer

Fig. 2: Exploded View of Jeep Steering Column Switch Assemblies Courtesy of Chrysler Motors

TROUBLE SHOOTING


  1. Remote Rod

  2. Harness Cover

  3. Rack Preload Spring

  4. Shift Gate Lock

  5. Sector

  6. Ignition Lock Cylinder

  7. Hazard Knob

  8. Turn Signal Switch


Refer to TROUBLE SHOOTING GENERAL TROUBLE SHOOTING section.

- BASIC PROCEDURES article in the