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Our 1996 Honda Accord will only run if hold key in crank position

Our Honda has just started acting up. It ran a little rough one day as my husband was driving it home from work. Didn't want to start after he had stopped for something. He drove it home, parked it, and the next morning it wouldn't start. Then that evening it started after sitting in hot sun all day so I don't think it has anything to do with weather. He took it to a mechanic to get it checked out and he couldn't find anything wrong because it started every time he tried it. He told us to come get it and drive it till it did it again. Well, we didn't make it home with it. It died while coming down a hill. After getting it stopped, it started one more time but only went about two miles before dying again. This time it wouldn't start. We left it beside the road till that evening (we were only 3 miles from home) and then tried to start it again. It would start very briefly and immediately die. We went back this morning and still wouldn't start. I tried holding the key in the crank position and it stayed running just like it should. We drove it home like that with key in start position and it ran fine. Someone mentioned on the forum they had had that problem but they didn't know what the part was called that their mechanic had installed under the steering wheel in just 30 minutes. Can someone help?

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Problem is in the electrical portion of the ignition switch.Very common issue with honda/acura. You can purchase at any Honda dealer.Is fairly simple part to replace, if you were to decide to try and replace yourself e-mail me at jjjhandyman@hotmail.com and i can walk you through it. Good luck,if anymore questions feel free to contact me anytime. Thanks joel

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My honda had a similar problem, however, it would not start at all. I checked everything, starter, battery, and even replacing relays, nothing worked. I ended up replacing the ignition switch. this is about a 50.00 part. You will need to remove some of the dash on the driver's side, 4-5 screws on the steering column to expose the switch. there are 2 screws that are visible and one that is hard to reach on the back side, however can be taken out with a small wrench (6 MM I believe). there are two wire harnesses that will need to be removed in order to get to that last screw. then re assemble as you have taken apart. When re assembling the plastic on the steering column, be careful to make sure that you align correctly or you will get a clicking noise every time you turn the wheel. total time period to do this is about 4 hours. Good Luck!

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

Testimonial: "Our problem was the ignition switch. My husband replaced it himself and it started right up. Thanks so much for your help."

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