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Ignition Switch:

There are three (3) 7mm screws that hold the bottom of the steering column trim together. Remove those and the bottom two trim pieces of steering column trim split apart.

Unplug the green connector on the ignition switch. It's at the other end of the lock cylinder from the key. There are two T15 torx screws that hold the switch in place. You will most likely need a T15 torx bit (not a socket) and a low profile ratchet because the space you have to work in is very small.

Insert the key into the ignition and turn to ON to release the switch from the cylinder.

Install is the reverse.

Passlock Relearn:

Attempt to start the car (yes, that means push the clutch, too). Leave the key in the ON position. The passlock light and "SERVICE VEHICLE" message should begin to blink.

Wait 10 minutes for the passlock light to stop blinking and go out.

Shut off the ignition.

Wait at least 5 seconds. If you are impatient you will have to start over.

Attempt to start the car (yes, that means push the clutch, too). Leave the key in the ON position. The passlock light and "SERVICE VEHICLE" message should begin to blink.

Wait 10 minutes for the passlock light to stop blinking and go out.

Shut off the ignition.

Wait at least 5 seconds. If you are impatient you will have to start over.

Attempt to start the car (yes, that means push the clutch, too). Leave the key in the ON position. The passlock light and "SERVICE VEHICLE" message should begin to blink.

Wait 10 minutes for the passlock light to stop blinking and go out.

Shut off the ignition.

Wait at least 5 seconds. If you are impatient you will have to start over.

Attempt to start the car. If you have done things right, the car should start and you are good to go!
 

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thanks GC great for you to help the Redliners . Folks may confuse the switch ( the black thingie on the end of the lock assy, which has an anti-theft break on removal feature so cannot be reused.) with the key and lock cylinder.

so dont be confused lol
 

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I've done it 4 times already and I might have to do another.
 

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My ignition still locks my car if it's cold. If I buy the switch myself and follow these steps, I should be ok? I told I read that the dealer would charge about $200 to replace my ignition switch.
 

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I was told that too but that is not true. Ignition switch is around $35 and follow these step and bam. It's fixed. First two winters of having my car I had to use a blow dryer on it to warm it up. It sucked bad. Good luck. This is a easy fix
 

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oh yeah man i dealt with it from the start of having the car. beware though this relearn process might take a few times. took me twice and after the first one my battery died and i had to recharge.
 

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Lol. Turn off your fan, headlights, defroster and radio.
 

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I threw in the new switch this morning. Waited times, fired up. Only got the theft lock flashing, not message (2005). Great "How-To". Thanks everyone. Saved me a lot of headache.
 

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I replaced mine this weekend too. Piece of cake. No service vehicle message for me either. Maybe just 04s?
 

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I have been having a problem getting this to work. I have tried the proceedure an ungodly amount of times. The first time I had the normal messages such as the service engine words blinking and the theft lock flashing. It didn't fire up after the first run and I had to go so I put the old one in and she started up.....

Now when I try to do the procedure, there are no messages, my car goes through the normal start up process but does not fire up. I have tried going through the relearn process and nothing happens, except for now when I turn the key to the off position all of the dashboard lights stay on.

Not sure if I should continue trying the relearn process as I don't want to kill my battery. I was thinking there might be a way to reset the ecu safety mechanism so I unplugged the battery and tried the relearn process but nothing happens. My car still starts with the old one when it is warm but I can not figure out how to get the procedure to work as it should. Do I need to get another switch or ?
 

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I'd try another switch. Key off, car still on sounds like something is messed up to me.

FWIW, the first time I replaced the switch, the car started immediately and I didn't have to do the passlock relearn at all.
 

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You got something bigger going on then....a really good mechanic is your best bet as it's now beyond my ability to help you over the internet.
 

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I had a lot of trouble with the relearn process (several posts differ in instructions but GC's worked) as well but I just kept doing it over and over, a few times i wasn't consistent and think it was the culprit.
 

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Got it to start with the brand new one although I still have to start it a few times until it fires for some reason. It doesn't take 15 minutes like before.
 

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mine started right up after i replaced the switch, im still doing the relearn process. did i do something wrong? also the passlock light is staying solid
 
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