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Ignition switch won't turn with key-so won't start

I bought a used 1991 honda civic, has been running great, but problem with cigarette lighter-I'm trying to replace it. I was checking in the fuse box the other day, fuse for lighter looked okay, I put it back. Now, days later, the ignition switch won't turn on. Pressure lock won't give, can't turn the key. Suspect a low battery? as lights on dash are "slow" coming up with light switch. Did I screw up my fuse box somehow, hurt my battery (new, been starting for me fine after weeks of no use)

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  • alseavtrsg Nov 02, 2008

    Hey, thanks people. Steering wheel was locking the ignition. I was using the steering wheel to pull myself up and down while standing on my head working on the fuses, and I guess that locked it. I just went out, wiggled the steering wheel, and boom, key worked, baby turned over and started just absolutely fine. Thanks so much!!! I have a feeling I'll be back to you-there's still a few things that need fixing!! Thanks again, y'all were right on the money!!!


  • kingsburydd Feb 08, 2009

    how do I replace the ignition switch on a 91 Honda Civic?



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The good news is, I don't see how your checking the fuse for the lighter could have anything to do w/ your ignition switch troubles, so here are some questions: U say the switch won't turn on, do u mean it won't turn to start the engine, or it turns, but the engine won't crank over? were u having any trouble removing, inserting, or turning the key before it wouldn't turn?(if the problem is not being able to turn the key after inserting). 2 things, Make sure the honda is in Park (auto trans). W/ a car this old, it is quite possible wear and tear over the years have caused the trans shifter to occasionally not quite engage in park position, which would not allow u to turn the key in the ignition. Next, check to see that the steering wheel position isn't causing the problem. Insert key in ignition, try to turn steering wheel slightly left, then right while attempting to turn the key. If car is parked w slight pressure on wheel in either direction, u won't be able to turn the key. I think if u could remove the battery, u should bring it to a parts store where most will give u a free check of the battery (even though it's new) and I think u will find it needs to be charged, as you determined by lights coming on slowly. So 1st try the above to turn the key in the ignition, check (or charge if u have a charger) the battery, let me know what u find, and we can continue from there (u may have something draining the battery).

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  • Curt Downs Nov 02, 2008

    So all those contortions working under the dash were to blame! Glad it was an easy fix! sg, thanks for the rating and update. curt


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How old is your key? An old key can give you real grief. Also, do you have to press brake to release ignition lock? Its doubtful that a dead battery would cause your car iginition not to turn, but try jumping car with engine off and see if that helps. Unless you heard a loud pop or saw a spark I don't think you messed anything up. Try disconnecting the cigarette lighter when starting and see if that helps too. Check voltage on the battery, should be between 13-15 V or so when car is off. Lower than that and u need to replace battery, even though that won't necessarily solve issue you're having now.
hope this helps

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