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01 mitsu galant do nothing,all lights on, chip key ok i think

I accidently put reg key in ignition.it started then died.now even with chip key,nothing?all dash/headlights ok.help.

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  • Harvey Mahal Feb 19, 2012

    it is my car.bad sensers,ran wire from starter solonoid/batery+push on switch ,runs normal.PS you have to be mech inclined pl

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Find a strip of white pasteboard (like the form used in the collar of a new shirt. Cut it in the shape of the chip key from the handle to the beginning of the key pin cuts (don't make it any longer than this; you don't want to grind pasteboard into the lock mechanism). Slide it into the lock several times to clean off any gunk that might have been deposited on the chip contacts. Clean both sides of the chip on the key with a paper towel or cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol, then dry it.
If it still doesn't work, you may have bent the contacts in the lock, and it needs to be taken apart for repair.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012

  • Paul Bade Feb 19, 2012

    There are no sensors in the ignition lock; the contacts I described connect the chip in the key to a test circuit in the engine computer. (I'm being intentionally vague because I don't want to help car thieves.) It is very important to have good, clean connections for the circuit to work properly. I bypassed the circuit in my brother's car after one of the security contacts broke or wore out; this let him use the ignition switch in the normal manner without a haywire rig. If you have electrical contact cleaner, you can try spraying this into the lock, but make sure it is the lubricating type; otherwise you may have problems with the mechanical section of the lock. Most people don't have this, which is why I suggested wiping the contacts.

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