How To Remove Harley Ignition Switch Without Key?

At some point, you may need to remove your Harley Davidson ignition switch without a key. Maybe you’re doing some maintenance on your bike and need to get to the ignition switch. 

Or have you ever lost your Harley key and been stuck trying to figure out how to remove the ignition switch without it? Or maybe you’ve just misplaced it and can’t find it anywhere.

You probably don’t know how to remove a Harley ignition switch without a key if you’re like most people. It’s actually not possible to do without a key, but there are a few things you can try if you’re in a bind.

In any case, you should try to find the key before removing the ignition switch. If you can’t find the key, you can try to use a flathead screwdriver to pry the switch out. However, this is not recommended as it could damage the switch.

The Harley dealer or a locksmith should be able to assist you if you can’t remove the switch. Read on to know more about this topic!

How To Remove Harley Ignition Switch Without Key?

There is no way to remove the Harley ignition switch without a key. If you lose your key, you will need to replace the entire ignition switch.

But if you try to remove it without a key with any tool, you will damage your motorcycle. So it’s crucial to keep your key safe and sound, so you don’t have to suffer through the hassle of replacing your ignition switch.

How do you remove the Harley ignition with a screwdriver?

If you need to remove the Harley ignition switch without a key, you can do so with a screwdriver. 

What You’ll Need

Before you begin, there are a few things you’ll need to gather.

  1. You’ll need a screwdriver. This will be used to remove the two screws that hold the ignition switch in place.
  2. Next, you’ll need a small tool or flathead screwdriver. This will be used to release the tab that secures the wires to the back of the ignition switch.
  3. Then you’ll need a replacement ignition switch. If you don’t have a replacement on hand, any automotive store should carry them.

How to Remove It

The process for removing the Harley Davidson ignition switch without a key is actually quite simple, but very tricky.

Step 1: Locate the two screws holding the ignition switch. One is located on the front of the switch housing and one is located at the back.

Step 2: Use your screwdriver to remove these screws and set them aside.

Step 3: Next, locate the tab that secures the wires to the back of the ignition switch. Gently insert your pick or flathead screwdriver under this tab and release it.

Step 4: Unclip the electrical connector from the back of the key housing.

Step 5: Pull the key housing away from the ignition switch.

Step 6: Insert a small flat-head screwdriver into the slot on the side of the ignition switch.

Step 7: Turn the screwdriver to rotate the switch and release it from the housing.

Step 8: Now all that’s left to do is pull the ignition switch out of the housing and disconnect the wires.

Step 9: To install your updated ignition switch, simply reverse these steps.

How to remove and replace the Harley switch with a key?

If your Harley-Davidson motorcycle is in need of a new switch with a key, follow these steps to remove and replace it. This process will be similar for most models, but please consult your specific motorcycle’s manual for exact instructions.

Step 1: To get started, you will need to remove the gas tank. Most models accomplish this by removing the two bolts that secure it to the frame.

Step 2: With the gas tank removed, you will have better access to the switch with the key. Locate it on the back of the motorcycle and disconnect the wires that are connected to it.

Step 3: Remove the old switch with the key by unscrewing it from its mounting bracket.

Step 4: Install the updated switch with the key in the same location and screw it into place.

Step 5: Reconnect the wires to the newly installed switch and secure them with electrical tape or wire ties.

Step 6: Reinstall the gas tank and tighten the bolts securely.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are known for their quality and durability, but even they will eventually need replacement parts. When it comes time to replace your switch with a key, follow these simple steps and you’ll have your motorcycle back up and running in no time.

Also Read: How To Program A Harley Davidson Buttonless Key Fob


Removing your Harley Davidson ignition switch without a key is not possible. However, you can use a screwdriver and a few other tools to remove it forcibly. It may damage your bike as well. So, do it with caution.

The best solution is to get a new key or consult with a professional Harley mechanic to solve this issue.

About David Riedel

I am David Riedel founder of Bikerwhizz, I'm a technician at Keystone Harley Davidson with more than 10 years of industry experience. I’m here to help you solve motorbike problems, customizations, tweaks, and easy fixes to enjoy your rides more.

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