How to Replace a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Ignition Switch


The ignition switch in the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix is used to start the vehicle. If your Grand Prix doesn't start, and you have checked both the starter and the alternator, the likely problem is a faulty ignition switch. You will find the switch in your steering column if you want to replace it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Replacement ignition switch
  • Open up the Grand Prix's hood and locate the battery. Use a wrench to remove the clamp bolt from the negative battery terminal. Lift the negative cable away from the terminal.

  • Lift the steering wheel cover from the steering wheel. Lift the tabs around the edge of the wheel away from their connectors to remove the cover. If you are struggling to do it with your hand, use a small flat-head screwdriver to carefully pry it off.

  • Remove the two screws attached to the steering column sleeve using a Phillips screwdriver. Slide the sleeve away from the steering column. Locate the ignition switch. Use the adjustable wrench to remove the mounting bolts from the switch.

  • Place your key in the ignition and move it to the locked position. This will give you access to the retaining pin. Unclip the retaining pin with a small screwdriver and remove both the ignition switch and lock cylinder from the steering column.

  • Disconnect the locking tab that connects the lock cylinder and ignition switch. Attach the new ignition switch to the lock cylinder. Press them together until they lock in place. Reattach the ignition switch and lock cylinder to the vehicle by following the removal steps in reverse. Attach the negative cable back on to the terminal. Turn on the engine to make sure the new switch works.

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