Questions tagged [ignition-switch]

The switch that controls electrical power to a motor vehicle through the use of a key as security mechanism.

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2017 Ford Fiesta manually turning ignition switch

My 2017 Fiesta's ignition lock cylinder has gone bad. I am currently trying to avoid this problem by disengaging the ignition switch from the lock cylinder and manually turning the ignition with a ...
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Old spare key not starting engine

I have lost my spare key a while ago. I went to the mechanic and asked them to get a new one. They told me that I also need to bring my current main key as programming a new key will invalidate the ...
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Starting issues (turns over but doesn't fire) on a 2011 VW Routan (like Dodge Grand Caravan). Maybe electrical issues?

I just acquired a 2011 VW Routan. (It's like a Dodge Grand Caravan.) Sometimes, when you turn the key to start it, you can hear the engine vigorously turning over many times, but it just doesn't fire....
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1997 Subaru Legacy won't start after shorting ignition switch

My 1997 Subaru Legacy was recently stolen and recovered, and the thieves broke the ignition switch -- the key simply will not turn. As I was removing the ignition switch, I noticed that on the back, ...
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Used motor and trans in my 09 escape limited 2.5l. Does it need to be reflashed?

It will start if starter relay is jumped and stay running but will not Shift into gear. Replaced the starter switch with new one and new starter relay. No power to the starter switch as I tried to ...
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Did I damage ignition switch, could it already have been bad, how to avoid in future?

I recently asked Is my ignition switch cleaning ok? and answers said the switch is probably faulty as copper has been revealed. My question is did I do this, could it have been avoided or was it ...
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Is my ignition switch cleaning ok?

I have just cleaned ignition switch internals with sand paper. When doing so the silver plates got scratched up and some areas the underlying(copper?) got revealed. You can also see there are ...
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2002 Honda CRV, can't get key all the way into the ignition cylinder

I have a 2002 Honda CR-V which I can't get my key all the way into. This problem just appeared today. This morning I tried starting my car and I found I couldn't get my key all the way into the ...
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Engine stays on when ignition key is turned off

My car starts fine, but when I switch the ignition key to off, the engine still stays running. The accessories etc all turn off and even if I take the key out it still keeps running. The only way I ...
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(How) can you bump-start a car with a push-button starter?

This relates to a car I was parked next to recently, that wouldn't start. I would have helped but didn't know how. The engine turned over on the starter (until the owner flattened the battery) but ...
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1999 Toyota Camry V6 automatic ignition switch / ignition cylinder issue

currently troubleshooting 1999 Toyota Camry V6 automatic transmission ignition switch / ignition cylinder issue. Specific Problems: a. Opened driver door with the key out of the ignition (assuming ...
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Steering and Ignition locked Alfa Romeo 1995 GTV Spider

I’ve recently bought an old Alfa Romeo 1995 GTV spider with the intention of getting it back to working order. The issue at the moment is that the steering wheel is locked and the key won’t turn ...
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2002 into 2001 ignition switch

Can I put a 2002 honda ignition switch into a 2001 honda civic? Would it work and fit? The original ignition switch is a little bigger and has more wires than that of the 2002.
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2001 honda civic key

Hi I just recently bought a used 2001 honda civic, my problem is when starting the car I have to shove the key in and turn hard in order for it to start. My friend wants to install a push start but I ...
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Ignition wont turn on Volvo 2005 s40, existing key broke into ignition

I ordered a new remote key and the tech said that he cant program the key unless he can turn the ignition, is that true? Or can we program the new key with the old existing code, i didnt lose the ...
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Installing an external ignition kill switch on a 2015 VW Golf?

I'd like to install an ignition switch on a 2015 VW Golf. Something hidden, but near the front of the car .. maybe on the top of the wheel well. Nothing under the steering column or inside the car. ...
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Headless bolts blocking ignition swap on '16 CBR

Is there a good way to remove headless bolts? My lock cylinder was ruined from an attempted theft over a year ago. I got a replacement from the same model and my self-repair is being blocked by these ...
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2007 Honda Accord: Replaced Ignition - Now car won't start

I have a 2007 Honda Accord EX-L Automatic transmission, that I got cheap as a project car. When I got it, the engine ran fine, however it was left at a rural property for about a year and some ...
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Ignition Switch

My Radio goes off and on and cars stalls while driving. I am pretty sure this is The ignition switch. Do i buy the ignition lock cylinder or ask for switch whats the difference? 2002 toyota Carolla.
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Downsides to leaving ignition on without engine running (diesel)?

I have a camper (motor-caravan) which can get really hot on a sunny day. Opening the doors allows flies and other insects in, and running the engine produces noise and exhaust fumes which are ...
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Can I bypass solenoid clutch switch by grounding the pin directly with a wire to the chassis/frame?

My solenoid switch has 4 pin for an Honda motorbike. One of the primary pin to be energized for the solenoid to click is the clutch switch. My question is: can I connect the pin with a wire that i'm ...
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how do I replace the lock cylinder on my truck

I would like to know how to replace the ignition lock cylinder on my 76 chevy pickup. This is a restoration project which i dont have any key for.
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Remove upper panel behind steering wheel on 2005 Ford E-250

I'm trying to remove this panel behind the steering wheel, but it's lock in place by the ignition switch. How can I do this? I tried remove the cover on the ignition switch, and to remove the entire ...
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Why is my car equipped with a battery shutdown timer?

I currently live in Japan where I bought a 1997 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Since I don't completely speak Japanese, I wasn't able to ask anybody correctly about one thing that the previous owner had ...
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Electronics only work occasionally

I recently got a 2000 Mercury Villager Estate. Most of it runs fine - AC, interior lights, headlights, etc. Some of the electronics -- radio, windshield wipers, some of the power windows (I don't ...
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Ignition switch issue

2003 Ford F350 super duty. Ignition switch failed: turns clockwise without clicks, engine will not start, and electrical system (all except starter solenoid) remain hot even with ignition switch off,...
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Can I switch my electronic ignition to one which uses a key?

I have 2007 Mercedes C230 the ignition system is broken, not the key or FOB. The repair quote is $1400 to fix that one problem. I need brakes and a few other things as well. Looking at Kelly Blue book ...
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2014 Hyundai Elantra wouldn't start

A few weeks back, our 2014 Elantra wouldn't start. When you turned the key, silence. Dashboard lights came on but there's absolutely no sound. A while later, tried again, but this time it started as ...
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It is possible turn off a car with an electric signal? [closed]

I want to know if it possible turning off a car sending an electric signal, this without the switch of the car? Maybe adding some modifications to the electrical system of the car, I want to apply ...
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2008 Ford Focus Starting Problem

I have a 2008 Ford Focus, and sometimes it starts, and sometimes it doesn't. I have replaced the battery, starter, relay and ignition switch. It happens more in the summer than winter, it doesn't ...
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OBD II Scanner refuses to communicate with the vehicle!

All the fuses check out All the relays check out Could I have a faulty ignition switch? Or an open somewhere? How do I go about troubleshooting this? It cycles through all the protocols, finds ...
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2010 ford focus NO START

2010 focus SEL here lately i have had to push in hard and down to get to start and later stand on head with left leg up. No seriously about ready pull my hair out. i have replaced SWITCH on left side ...
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2012 Mercedes ML350BT Shutsdown Randomly While Driving

An acquaintance has asked for help with this issue. The dealership says the vehicle is fine, but the acquaintance has had the vehicle shutdown on her more than once, while driving. Usually while ...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

A link posted in this answer describes a potential engineering flaw in GM ignition switches that can result in a car losing power while driving, and accidents where airbags do not deploy. I drive a ...
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Electrical Issues 2001 GMC Sierra 5.3L

Vehicle is a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L Automatic 2 wheel drive. The 10A fuse in position IGN0 keeps blowing when turning the key before engine cranks. When the fuse is blown, oil pressure and ...
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2015 Honda Fit LX, 20k miles, key will turn but engine will not always start on first try. Why?

additionally, had oil changed at dealer two weeks ago, they installed a defective oil plug gasket/washer. caused the plug to spin and leak like it was stripped. but they said it was not stripped, it ...
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1997 pontiac firebird ignition key lock cylinder problems

Wires going to cylinder are broke off like 1 to 2 inches which makes it next to impossible to splice into without them breaking again once I turn the key. Can I take the cylinder apart and replace the ...
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No start/crank following ignition cylinder fix (93 Camry)

After discovering that I could not make a working copy of my only key, I read up on Toyota's split-wafers - they wear out and cause problems. So I took out the ignition cylinder, dissassembled it ...
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What are the Ignition Switch Wires for? [duplicate]

I am referring to the 4-5 wires that connect to the plastic housing sitting behind the ignition switch. My guess is each of the wires is there to send current to its respectable position (accessories, ...
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How does an ignition switch work?

I know it's different in every make and model but for just a guideline how do a Ignition switch work? I know about the the ignition system but how do electricity follow from the switch down to the ...
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Change electrical switch of the ignition switch on a Deawoo Cielo (1995)

The car is still starting flawlessly but some accessories like the radio or the clock don't always work. I noticed that pushing the key deeper in the ignition would make the radio start, but ...
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2007 Ford Explorer - No Start, No sound, No power

My son's Ford explorer does not start on the first try but when he try's again then it starts. On the first initial start try there is no clicking, no sound like turning over, no dash lights etc. But ...
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1997 Honda Accord F22B2 - Electrical Issue After Cylinder Head Repair

I recently replaced the head gasket and timing belt on my F22B2 (non-VTEC, 4 cylinder) 97 Honda Accord. I got everything put back together, but now the ignition switch doesn't have the same results ...
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