'94 Acclaim "key jiggle" turns fan and air bag light on/off

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Gary Kaucher, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Gary Kaucher

    Gary Kaucher Guest

    1994 Plymouth Acclaim 3.0 (6 cyl)

    There must be some kind of loose connection in the housing that my key goes
    into. Lately when I'm driving down the road with my A/C on, the blower fan
    will turn off and the "air bag" light will come on. If I jiggle the key a
    little I can get everything back to normal. Any idea what part I need to
    fix behind the "key housing" on the steering wheel? Now that the A/C is on
    more often, I am noticing this problem a lot. More than likely, when the
    blower fan is intentionally turned off I might not noticed that the air bag
    is disabled. I wonder what other functions are lost when this happens?


    Gary Kaucher, Jun 9, 2007
  2. Gary Kaucher

    GWK Guest

    There must be some kind of loose connection in the housing that my key

    I saw some postings that implied that the clockspring could be the problem.
    They indicated that
    in addition to the "air bag" light coming on, the horn wouldn't work as
    well. However, in my case, when the
    blower fan turns off and the "air bag" light comes on, the horn still works.

    GWK, Jun 10, 2007
  3. Gary Kaucher

    maxpower Guest

    The ignition switch may be worn out causing this problem. Take a look under
    the column to see if the cover is melted. You may want to remove the cover
    and inspect the switch/connector for signs of excessive heat. Replace switch
    and repair the connector is any signs of heat are found

    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler Tech
    maxpower, Jun 10, 2007
  4. Gary Kaucher

    GWK Guest

    1994 Plymouth Acclaim 3.0 (6 cyl)

    Under the column I see a small crack in the cover on the side that is under
    the switch. Not sure if it is heat related. I got the middle screw out, but
    I probably
    don't have the correct driver to remove the adjacent recessed screws. Are
    some kind of torx head screw?
    Any idea on the part number for the switch?


    GWK, Jun 10, 2007
  5. Gary Kaucher

    maxpower Guest

    If you see a crack it is more then likely heat related. you will need a 15
    torx screwdriver to remove this cover.

    maxpower, Jun 10, 2007
  6. Gary Kaucher

    GWK Guest

    1994 Plymouth Acclaim 3.0 (6 cyl)
    Yes! I removed the cover and on the other side of the crack I could tell
    it was heat related.

    Upon removing the connector I could see that two adjacent connections
    (Black with orange stripe & Pink with black stripe)had been slightly
    "buggered up" by heat. In the process, I noticed an oily substance on the
    connector. I'm wondering if maybe awhile back I may have sprayed some
    "Lock-Ease" lubricant into the keyhole and maybe over time it migrated
    down to the connector and messed up these two connections creating heat.
    I cleaned them up and dried everything up, but it seems that the problem
    comes back eventually.

    Is the ignition switch held in place by just the one torx screw?


    GWK, Jun 11, 2007
  7. Gary Kaucher

    maxpower Guest

    I believe there are 3 screws

    maxpower, Jun 11, 2007
  8. Gary Kaucher

    GWK Guest


    Thanks for your insight. I installed a new ignition switch and it solved the
    problem completely.
    As you indicated, I used a Torx 15 screwdriver to remove the 3 screws and
    get the
    bottom steering column cover off. After unscrewing the tilt lever, the top
    cover came
    off easily. I didn't have access to any shop manuals, but the ignition
    switch (GP Sorensenthat S139)
    that I bought came with some directions and pictures that made it easy to
    remove and install both the
    ignition switch and lock cylinder. The ignition switch was secured with 3
    tamper resistant screws
    (Torx TX20H).

    I've had this problem off and on for two years. Only recently, did it become
    more bothersome.

    Thanks again!

    GWK, Jun 11, 2007
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