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How to install a ignition switch

We think the switch needs to be changed because when we put the positive battery cable on there are sparks (bad) and the car trys to start on its own

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THIS IS NOT THE IGNITION IN MOST CASES, IT IS THE STARTER SOLENOID BEING STUCK.

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  • Katie Kay
    Katie Kay Oct 21, 2010

    MY CAR DOES THE SAME THING EXCEPT IT DOES NOT TRY TO START ON ITS OWN, WE JUST PUT A NEW BATTERY NEW STARTER AND NEW FUEL PUMP ON STILL CANT GET THE CAR TO START. IT CRANKS BUT THEN AFTER CRANKING A FEW THEN THE LIGHTS N THINGS GO VERY DIM. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME WITH THIS PLEASE. 97 PLYMOUTH GRAND VOYAGER 3.O 6CYL EMAIL ME AT WILLOW.LANE@YAHOO

    PLEASE I NEED HELP

  • yadayada
    yadayada Oct 21, 2010

    You may have a stuck starter solenoid, when the ignition switch fails in ford cars of this year the system has no power because the 2 halves of the switch come apart. My guess is a new starter solenoid will cure the issue

  • yadayada
    yadayada Oct 21, 2010

    I don't think u have the same problem what u have is a poss defective factory security system locking out the system so u can't start the engine, do u check for a 12 volt signal from the ignition switch to the starter with the key held in the crank position? , the other persons car does crank over all the time, u are saying your doesn't

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