The ignition switch on a Pontiac Trans Am is responsible for signaling the starter to turn over, which in turn starts the engine. If your Trans Am’s ignition switch goes out, the starter doesn’t know when to engage and the Trans Am will not start. To fix the problem, you’ll have to replace the ignition switch with a new one. First though, the old switch has to come out. We’re taking this one out of a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am, but the process is similar for Trans Ams built in other years as well.
Tools Used: Tools, Open-end wrench set, 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set, 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set, Phillips-head screwdriver
Remove the Ignition Switch
Pop the hood. Remove the negative and then the positive terminal connections with an open-end wrench.