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Key won't turn, trying to replace ignition switch, can't get ignition out of dash, haynes manual not specific

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What is the cable connected to the ignition that controls the dash board's gadgets


You mean by gadgets, warning lights and gauges? That would be from the ignition switch's run wire, the wire from the on position. This wire sends voltage to the ignition system, and to the dash for the warning lights and gauges-but not directly to the dash-the signal would reach the dash after being routed through the fuse panel to a fuse for the dash gauges and warning lamps. You need to check if that fuse is good.
Recall seeing any wiring diagram? The fuses are labeled either "hot at all times" or "hot in run or start". The fuses labeled hot in run or start are only sent power when the key is on, so power for those fuses are routed through, or turned on by the key being on. Depending on the car and its wiring set up, many will have relays that are turned on by the run wire, and power is then sent from the relay to that circuit's fuse in the fuse panel. This relay may be called the ignition relay. Or your car may have a different relay to send power from the run wire to the fuse panel.
The only way to figure yours out is to see a wiring diagram for it. Then you will see how power is sent from the ignition switch to the dash.
Wiring diagrams are almost always found in repair manuals. Check if your library has a manual for your car. Most libraries have quite a few repair manuals. Or parts stores sell repair manuals too, for about $25. Try to find a Haynes repair manual for your car. The other popular repair manual is from Chilton. My preference is Haynes, just my preference. I been burned by Chilton manuals sooo many times-incomplete wiring diagrams, incorrect information, incomplete information. Haynes are not perfect by any means, you want perfection-spend big bucks for a factory service manual ! In general, Haynes is more complete than Chilton.
OK, enough venting. If you have a test light, check for power at the fuse for the dash (may be labeled "gauges" or "instr pnl", something like that) with the key on. If it has power with key on, wire from the fuse goes to the dash. If that fuse has no power to it with key on, power has been lost between the ignition switch and that fuse-now you definitely need a wiring diagram to find the problem.

May 22, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Well I got a 94 Honda accord ex and when I try to start it. It won't turn over, when I turn the key half way some of the dash board light will come on but when i try to turn the switch all the...


check your battery and terminals first.... clean or replace as needed. After that check your fuses. After that if you arent comfortable with automotive work, take to a shop. Good luck!!!

Dec 28, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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My 2001 Ford Expedition won't start from the ignition key. We replaced the ignition switch under the dash and it will start from there. You can turn the accessories on from the key, but if you tur


re-check the electrical connections at the switch sometimes during replacement terminals become bent or even pushed back to prevent contact

Sep 17, 2012 | 2001 Ford Expedition

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Key stuck in ignition but it will turn, and steering column won't lock and car won't start.


you most likely have a bad key switch cylinder assembly. you can try to spray wd40 solvent into the switch before you have the switch replaced,but sometimes it's a switch replacement that repairs the problem. have you inspected your ignition key to look for damage to the key itself? try a spare key to make sure it's the key,and not the key switch. you can also try turning the key while turning the steering wheel at the same time to get the key to work.sometimes the switch locks when parked in a bind,such as on a hill,or against a curb and so on. try this 1st before you have the ignition switch replaced. AAA auto club,if you're a member covers part of the replacement costs for a replacement switch also. you may have coverage through a cell phone also.one more thing to try, if you have a tilt steering column,try to reposition the steering wheel to see if you can get the key to turn. remember never force it enough to break your key off into the switch! thank you for choosing fixya.com!

May 13, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Key stuck in ignition -- cannot turn on or off. Can an ignition switch cause the tumbler to lock up? Or does the ignition tumbler need to be replaced? If the ignition tumbler needs to be replaced, how...


lets start simple.get a can of silacone spray oil and spray into the switch and keep moving key and you will find this will reliese the key,if you need to remove the ign switch dont panic as its a simple enough job.Forget about steering wheel and whatever,simply remove the outer plastic cover then this exposes the switch at the back of switch is a plug with wires pull it away ,then below the key you should see a tiny screw undo, and make sure the steering lock is not under pressure,ie steering wheel free,when trying to remove switch move steering wheel back/forward and switch should pull out.good luck.adrian,,,,

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Ignition switch 2001 chevrolet impala


YOU NEED A HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL WITH PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU HOW TO REMOVE STEERING WHEEL AND DISABLE AIRBAGS.YOUR IGNITION SWITCH IS IN THE STEERING COLUMN.

Jul 07, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Impala

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1997 pontiac grand prix key won t turn ignition


well does the key go in does it turn to the start pos? if the dash dost power up its because the switch is bad if it will power up but not start it can be becuse of the resitor chip depends on what is going on if you cant get power its becuse of the switch

May 06, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

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I Have a 1997 pontiac sunfire se, automatic trans., 2.4 engine, whith theft light on and it wont start, what do I do.


try relocking your driver door and unlocking wit the key.sounds stupid but this how most security systems are overridden.

Apr 28, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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I need directions to remove the dash mounted ignition lock cylinder so i can replace it first time doing dash monted ignition lock and does it have to be programed


THE HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL IS WHAT YOU NEED.IT WILL SHOW AND TELL YOU HOW TO REMOVE THE IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER.YOU NEED A SCANNER TO REPROGRAM ANTI THEFT SYSTEM SO IT CAN RECOGNIZE THE KEY.YOU CAN TRY THIS.THIS IS A SECOND OPTION IF YOU DONT HAVE SCANNER.PUT KEY IN IGNITION.TURN TO RUN POSITION FOR 10 MINUTES.WITH ENGINE OFF.YOU WILL WATCHING THE SECURITY LIGHT ON DASH.IT SHOULD TURN OFF IN TEN MINUTES.IF IT DOES TURN OFF.THEN YOU TURN OFF IGNITION FOR 5 SECONDS.AND TRY STARTING CAR.IF YOU TRY THIS PROCEDURE TWICE AND CAR DONT CRANK.THE DEALERSHIP HAS TO REPROGRAM IT FOR YOU.

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