After inserting the key in the ignition and turning it on, power to everything else comes on, but not to the gauges. If I continue to turn the ignition on, the starter will crank, but the engine won't turn over. I've heard it could be a problem with a switch in the gearshift, or the ignition, any ideas?
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Re: No power to gauges when key is turned
Are you saying the starter runs and the engine does not spin over?? a little confused. are you sure the starter doesn't just make a loud clicking noise but nothing else, if so it sounds like a battery problem, let me know so we can research this issue further, thanks. Dennis
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Your problem may be in the ignition switch. There is a lot of stuff going on when you turn the key. There is an actuator in the ignition. Normally the car won't turn over when they go bad, but I can't know everything!!!!
Sounds like a problem in the ignition switch. When the gauges do not come on, how about the warning lights and the check engine light? If they don't turn on also, it may be a problem between the switch and the portion of the instrument panel fuse block that the switch sends power to in run or start-and then on to the dash for the gauges and warning lights.
You could check for power on the gauges fuse with key on. With the key in on position, all fuses in the instrument panel should have power to them. Check the fuses for power when the gauges do not come on. If no power in run, either the switch is bad, or however the switch sends power to those fuses (the ones called "hot in run or start") is not working. On some, the ignition switch's run wire trips a relay which sends power to the fuse panel. You would have to see a wiring diagram to see your set up. But it sounds like the problem is the switch or the wiring after it, not an engine sensor problem.
To check if a fuse has power, use a test light. Find a good ground for the test light under the dash, turn key to on, and use the needle probe of tester to probe the little indents on each end of the top of the fuse-these are test ports to check for power. A good fuse will light the tester on both ends of the fuse. A bad fuse (blown) will only light the tester on one end of the fuse-the metal strip inside the fuse has blown. Just check if all your fuses have power on them with the key on. Check them when the gauges don't work. IF no power, switch is bad or it is not turning that portion of the fuse panel on for some reason.
I think your ignition switch has quit working, or it has stopped getting power. If you pull the connector apart to the ignition switch and check if there is one wire on the harness side of the connector that has power, it sure looks like a bad ignition switch. One fat wire, about 12 gauge size, going into the switch should be hot at all times. If you have it, pretty obvious that power is not going out of the switch. key on should send power out of the switch to the fuses for the windows and other accessories, and also send power to the dash for the warning lights and gauges. Power to the switch will be either from one of your fusible links near the battery or from a maxi fuse in the fuse/relay block under the hood. The funny action of the key kind of points to the ignition switch, though. Still, check for power into the switch first.
What happens when you turn the key to on? Do the warning lights and gauges come on? Turning the key to start, do the lights and gauges stay on? Just nothing at the starter?
Or does power just shut off when you turn the key to start, everything goes out, no warning lights or gauges? Then check cables, battery terminals, grounds for clean tight connections. There is a problem between the battery and the ignition switch.
If the switch still receives and sends power out (to the dash, for one) but start circuit is not working (from battery to ignition switch to clutch switch to starter relay to starter solenoid to starter to ground-and back to battery), then here's where we at: with key off, use a small screwdriver and short the big cable at starter to the starter solenoid small wire connection, or use a small jumper wire to do the same-battery cable at starter to the small wire connection on the starter solenoid. Starter motor should spin and crank engine. Does it? If so, start checking the start wire out of ignition switch for power when key is held in start. If you have a clutch switch, check for power in with key in start. Should have battery voltage to the clutch switch with key held in start. Keep checking the start wire along the start circuit. Not sure how the start relay is wired into the circuit, would have to see a diagram, but if you pull the relay out and use a test light or multi meter, could check for power on the terminals where relay plugs in. Key off, should have one terminal that is hot. With key held in start, at least one other terminal should also be hot. This would be the start wire out of ignition switch sending a signal to the relay. Good luck, hope you find it. Sorry I don't have a wiring diagram to help you more.
key may be inserted in ignition however requires an extensive turn clockwise to attain start. depending in the type of car, auto transmission would start with turning key after insertion. manual transamisiion cars require pressure on the cluctch lever before an start spark becomes attainable. also inspect that the car has gasoline by obsvering the fuel gauges of simply performing several sparks least to sucess.
Before you start the vehicle make sure your door is shut and everything is off then insert your key into the ignition and hold down the Odometer Reset button and the turn the key to the on position(where all of the dash lights come on just before starting the van) this will start a self diagnosis of the van let go of the button the gauges should all cycle and all of the warning lights should come on then down where your mileage would be showing it will give you a list of any Fault Codes that maybe present if there is any write them down and call your dodge dealer or you can look some codes up on line.Hope this helped god luck.