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Old 12-31-2011, 07:48 PM
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Ignition switch?

Seems like I've been making more repairs than upgrades lately...

My morning routine is go outside and start the car and let it warm up and defrost windows while I make coffee inside for a few minutes.

-Last week I started the car and when I came back outside the car was dead.
-When I put the key in ignition position II no power to gauges, main relay doesn't click, fuel pump doesn't prime.
-When I turn the key halfway to position III the gauge lights come on, relay clicks, fuel pump primes.
-Full turn to igntion position III car starts and immediately dies when the key returns to the II position. After the car dies, no lights in gauges.

I ran the following test from service manual checking for continuity in the ignition switch wires (red = no continuity)

SOOOO... is this due to a bad contact ring? Will replacing the ignition switch get me up and running again? Or could it be the ignition lock cylinder?
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:44 PM
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Re: Ignition switch?

BTW its a 96/4th gen. Didn't realize there was a recall for the 5th gens...
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