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It may be that the switch has moved on the column, I've had that happen with a tilt wheel car before. I can't recall which type of column the 1987 Dakota has.

If the part around the switch is basically round, there is no removable cover and you have to pull the steering wheel and then compress and remove the lock plate. You'll need a steering wheel puller, a lock plate compressor and a tool for the snap ring. I think, though I am not sure, this is what you have.

This link (it's for a Buick but Chrysler sourced this style column for GM shows what is needed). Once the turn signal switch is out, you have access to the ignition switch.

if the column is more rectangular, the cover is removed by screws (likely Torx screws) that go up from the bottom.
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