[xj] Quick: Fastest way to remove ignition switch on SIII?

Hello,

I am trying to help the new owner of my recently sold 1987
Series III XJ6.

There is an electrical fault with the ignition switch. The plastic
surrounding the switch is already removed, and the problem has been
found (burned and loose contact for the large brown wire on the
back of the switch). I’m not looking to just ‘‘rig’’ it to work.
Want to repair it thoroughly or replace.

A few questions:

  1. The switch assembly is held in by two ‘‘security bolts’’. Do I
    need to remove those and remove the entire assembly from the
    column, or can just the electrical portion of the switch be removed?

  2. If entire assembly needs to be removed, what is the quickest,
    most efficient, least damaging way to remove the security bolts?

  3. Has anyone ever repaired this with all of it still in the car?

  4. Is this a common problem; any tips or tricks?

The new owner is not the type to go crawling under a dashboard, and
I don’t want him to have purchased a legacy of doing so; therefore
I want to fix it right and permanently the first time.

Many thanks,

Tony Krncevic
Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio–
Tony K – 1987 XJ6 Series III
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In reply to a message from Tony K sent Wed 10 Oct 2007:

it’s not easy or quick; lot of parts need to be removed for access,
then there’s the switch itself.

did you remove all the upholstery panels needed for access?

Zurdo–
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I am trying to help the new owner of my recently sold 1987
Series III XJ6.
Tony Krncevic


1965 3.8 ‘S’ 1984 XJ-6
Florida, United States
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In reply to a message from zurdo sent Thu 11 Oct 2007:

Hi Tony

It’s not that tough.
Basically just remove the underscuttle casing from the foot well to
gain acess to the lower column. Once you get that casing off,
you’ll see a bolt with a sheared off head that holds the tower onto
the column. There is another one that is a little bit tougher to
get to, from the rear.
Sometimes they’ll come off just by pressing your tumb against them
and turning. Sometimes they are a bit tougher, and take either a
pair of 90 degree needle nose pliers, or even a small punch taping
the bolts out counter clockwise.
With those out, the entire switch, tower, etc will slide out the
column. Then just unplug the wiring connectors and you are finished.

I take them out in salvage yards frequently, just using what tools
I’ve carried in.

Good luck with it
David Boger
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In reply to a message from DavidBoger sent Thu 11 Oct 2007:

but he’s talking about replacing the ignition switch, and I
replaced mine without removing the column lock. only the switch and
harness.

zurdo–
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In reply to a message from zurdo sent Thu 11 Oct 2007:

Tick for Tack…
He’s also asking about the easiest way to do it…
Two sheared heads out, and it comes off.
Even if he just replaces the switch on the bench…Quite
simple … IMHO…

A good parts supplier would be happy to supply the tower with the
switch for a simple off/on application…

David Boger
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but he’s talking about replacing the ignition switch, and I
replaced mine without removing the column lock. only the switch and
harness.


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In reply to a message from DavidBoger sent Thu 11 Oct 2007:

OK Zurado,

Agreed, the switch can be removed with the tower in place.
Only one tiny screw to remove, on the side near the trip computer.
Then it slides out the back.
May be a bit fussy to do in place, but certainly doable… for a
complete replacement.

For a re-solder or other fix, removal as described above would be
in order.

Thanks
David
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but he’s talking about replacing the ignition switch, and I
replaced mine without removing the column lock. only the switch and
harness.


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This may be helpful…

http://www.jag-lovers.org/snaps/snap_view.php3?id=1055809062

Note the teeny screw may be moved for easier access next time.–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

DavidBoger wrote:

In reply to a message from DavidBoger sent Thu 11 Oct 2007:

OK Zurado,

Agreed, the switch can be removed with the tower in place.
Only one tiny screw to remove, on the side near the trip computer.
Then it slides out the back.
May be a bit fussy to do in place, but certainly doable… for a
complete replacement.

For a re-solder or other fix, removal as described above would be
in order.

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