Well, here’s where I am stuck.
Got the lower panel off, there is a sneaky plastic expansion fastener that you have to pry the inside square part out of the round part like pulling a nail out of a drywall anchor. The other fasteners are springy tabs you pull straight out.
Then there is a duct and a large steel plate held by hex head screws, 8mm and 10mm sockets.
I tried to unplug the back connector.
The connector plug catch is a tab which you squeeze in and the plug pulls out. So far so good.
Trouble is there is about 1/8" less room in there than you need to get the plug out. There is a big metal frame in the way that is part of the steering column support. No luck there.
So to pull out the whole ignition switch, you need a 7/32" socket, yes not metric. Maybe there’s a 5.5mm socket somewhere in the world but not in my tool chest.
There are two bolts, not three as the JTIS says (maybe that’s for RHD). You need a swivel joint and long extension to get the top one, also very hard to see it.
Unplug the green connector by pushing a tab on the left side and pry it off.
Here its out and you can see the green and red connectors.
Then there is a trans cable to disconnect, use a T15 Torx screwdriver on those yellow painted screws.
And you’re out. Another T15 Torx screw and the rear switch is off.
There is a plastic case on the front, yellow paint on the clips like that’s going to stop me, 4 pin connector, what’s in there, must be more switches? Nope, circuit board.
I’m beginning to think my problem is in these front switches. So how to get it apart? The key cylinder seems to be spring loaded. There is a pin (white arrow) holding the key cylinder in the case, moves with the cylinder but doesn’t unscrew or compress, seems to be pressed in, can’t get any needle nose pliers on it.
What to do next? Maybe I’ll try soaking the whole thing in alcohol to clean the graphite out of the inside? Any other ideas?
One thing I’ve figured out is it doesn’t have to be actually in the dashboard to run the car, I can try things with it dangling down.