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How to Replace Combination Switch 95-05 Pontiac Sunfire

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How to Replace Combination Switch 95-05 Pontiac Sunfire

Created on: 2010-06-03

Learn how to replace the combination switch in your 95-05 Pontiac Sunfire. This is the stalk that controls turn signals, wipers and lights.

  1. step 1 :Disconnect the battery
    • Use an 8 mm wrench to disconnect the positive battery cable.
  2. step 2 :Disconnect the air bag
    • Straighten the wheels.
    • Go to the fuse box and remove the airbag fuse.
    • Turn the wheel to access the 10 mm bolts behind the steering wheel to remove the air bag.
    • Unplug the wiring harness.
  3. step 3 :Remove the steering wheel
    • Remove the 21 mm nut using a ratchet and socket.
    • Use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.
  4. step 4 :Access and remove the headlight switch
    • Remove the three 7 mm bolts.
    • Pry apart the steering column cover.
    • Unbolt the two 7 mm bolts anchoring the headlight switch.
    • Pull the headlight switch out and use a flat blade screwdriver to unplug the wiring harness from the switch.
  5. step 5 :Install the new switch.
    • Plug the switch into the wiring harness.
    • Bolt the two 7 mm bolts in.
    • Clip the steering column cover on and bolt in the three 7 mm bolts.
    • Line up and bolt the steering wheel back on using your 21 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Plug the air bag back in and bolt it back in using your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Replace the air bag fuse.
    • Connect the battery using your 8 mm wrench.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    21mm Socket

    7mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

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Hi. I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1A The right parts installed correctly. That's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we will show you have to replace the turn signal switch on this 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. Same as any 95 to 05 Sunfire or Cavalier. Tools you will need include 7 mm and 10 mm sockets with the ratchet extension, a 21 mm socket and a steering wheel puller.

First you can use an 8 mm or a 5/16th wrench. You want to disconnect the positive battery cable. After your battery has been disconnected you want to disable the supplemental inflatable restraints which is your airbag. You do that by first straightening your wheels. Make sure your steering wheel is nice and straight. Turn the key off. Then you want to go over to your fuse box here and remove this panel. This is an 87 Sunfire so depending on your year and model of vehicle the placement of your fuse could be different. You can see here 15 amp airbag so that's this blue one here. We are going to remove that fuse.

Once your airbag is disabled you can turn your wheel like this and if you feel back here you will feel a whole. There's a 10 mm nut back here. Depending on the year of your vehicle you may have a little bit of a different size fastener or whatever, but you want to remove this one and you want to turn your wheel and then there's another whole back here again 10 mm. Then once those bolts are undone you pull your airbag out. That's your horn button. You need to unhook your airbags so this little green locking tab that pulls out. Then you can press down here and unplug it and this assembly comes off.

Now you need to remove this bolt to remove your steering wheel. This bolt is 21 mm. Now you've got that nut off. This is a steering wheel puller. This is the correct tool for this job. I have seen people get steering wheels off different ways, but nothing I would recommend. I definitely just use the correct tool. With the right tool it comes right off.

Next we're going to use a 7 mm socket and we're going to remove the screws from the bottom here. There are three of them. Once those screws are out then you carefully pull that apart. Once that top cover is off you can allow that to go up and you want to pull this cover out on the side and around your ignition switch and you can just let it hang right there. Then there are two 7 mm bolts that hold the switch on. One on top here and one here.

Once those bolts are off the switch can come up and out. Probably the easiest way is to just use a screwdriver and press these down and pry them out at the same time like that. Then this one press and push. Here's your switch out of the car just to show you. Here's the new switch from 1AAuto. Everything is all the same. All the connections are the same on the back and everything so it's going to go in, fit correctly and it's going to work correctly for you. Now on this car this switch isn't bad so we are just going to put it back in.

Installation is basically just the reverse of the procedures. Connect your harnesses, gray one on top and blue one down below. What you want to do is put this back down in here and you want to start your top one first. Start the top one first. Then I can put this one in. I'm going to do it with a wrench. Now take this trim plate and just kind of push it up and around. The top trim plate is on and now you put it together. I need a bolt in the bottom and they can feel their way in. Take your steering wheel and on the steering wheel there's a little mark here and on your column there's also a mark that that lines up with. Make sure you put your airbag through and line up the marks. I'll make that nut tight. Reconnect your airbags. Make sure this locking pin is back in. Then insert your horn lead and twist it. Then put your airbag module on. Then again this is a 10 mm socket. I'm just going to get the other one in there and make sure it's going before I tighten that one up. There you go. That's how you do it. Now we can put the fuse back in. Reconnect the battery and we will be back on the road.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 21mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

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