Below is procedure to replace the ignition switch, including disabling the airbag and removing the steering wheel:
Proper and safe operation requires the sensor, brackets and wiring to be installed in the exact locations of design. All components service must be exactly aligned and tighten to exact torque specification. It is not advisable to service the air bag system. The information provided is to help you understand the system and disarm the system if other non-air bag system service are to be performed.
Before beginning the disarming procedure, read all service precautions.
With the AIRBAG fuse removed and the ignition in the
RUN position, the AIR BAG warning lamp illuminates. This is a normal operation and does not indicate a system malfunction.
Fig. Fig. 16: Location of the 1994-99 Pontiac passenger's side SIR connector
CAUTION When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover and pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. In addition, when placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the chance of personal injury if it is accidentally deployed.
Fig. Fig. 10: Install a suitable puller, then remove the steering wheel from the shaft
Fig. Fig. 11: Exploded view of the steering wheel and SIR inflator module mounting
turn signal switch:
Fig. Fig. 1: If equipped with air bags, remove the inflator restraint coil from the steering column
Fig. Fig. 2: Location of turn signal switch and related components
Fig. Fig. 3: The SIR inflation restraint coil must be centered
Fig. Fig. 4: Installed position of the inflation restraint coil
Fig. Fig. 5: Route the SIR coil assembly wires, making sure not to pinch them
Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the ignition lock cylinder
Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the steering column housing
Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the ignition and dimmer switches
Use only the specified screws since over-length screws could impair the collapsibility of the column.