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96 accord - turn key, nothing happens. bad ignition switch? help!

For several weeks, i'd have to wiggle key and try several times before it would start. recently, we noticed the battery had a crack and cables corroded, so i replaced battery and positive cables. But i continued jiggling key to get key to start. Now, when i turn the key --- nothing! Is this the ignition switch?

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  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    same as described above

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    my 2006 ranger has occasional incidents where you cant turn the key to start the truck. usually I can free it up, but recently nothing worked. later it started fine. Sometimes the key catches then will turn. What is the problem and solution?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Replaced the ignition switch a few weeks back and it started. Tried today and nothing. Checked all fuses and they are OK. Could it be the part where the key goes?


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Could be.

Also the jiggling thing could be a coincidence. :0)

Tell me this.... when you turn the key, do you hear a CLICK?? If so your starter is probably bad.


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