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Ignition stuck. trying to crank even with key out. battery drained. how do i fix

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Could be a shorted starter solenoid. Disconnect the large wire from the rear side of the solenoid. That's the large wire going down to the starter, not the wire going to the battery. This way it will not run the starter motor. There are probably two smaller wires on the solenoid. These are used to activate it. Make note of where they go. Disconnect the. Now reconnect a charged battery. Tap the large wire from the starter back on it's mounting post. Did the starter run? If so the solenoid is welded closed and you need to replace it. If not try reconnecting those small wires. Did you hear the solenoid pick? If so there is something wrong with the ignition switch. Now try tapping the large wire. Does the starter run? Again if it does there is an ignition switch problem.

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The ignition switch for these is under the dash on the steering column. You should see the switch is stuck in the crank position. They are fastened with tamper resistant torx screws.

You will have to replace the switch as it would appear that the return spring in it has failed.

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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