Installing A New Ignition Switch On A 1997 VW Jetta
DISCLAIMER: Only a trained technician should carry out the following procedure.


NOTE TO TRAINED TECHNICIAN: Before you begin, take note of what I've written in the following slide regarding the proper procedure for reconnecting the battery with respect to the airbag system.

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Here are the symptoms that led to my replacing the ignition switch on my 1997 VW Jetta:

When I turned the engine on, the following items did not work:

* Daytime running lights
* A/C blower
* Windshield wipers

When I'd release the parking brake, the "brake" light on the dash console
would go dim.

The only way to get the lights, A/C, and wipers to work was to either turn on my lights and concurrently hold back the high beam lever (which is the left and right turn signal lever), or to turn and hold the key in the ignition clockwise by about 1mm.

The problem was the ignition switch.

For $45 from the dealer, I bought a new switch and a replacement shear bolt for the ignition switch housing. The repair took about three hours. Here's the procedure to replace that switch on a 1997 VW Jetta GL 2.0. The repair order is:

1. Remove the airbag
2. Remove the steering wheel
3. Remove the steering column switches
4. Remove the ignition switch housing
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