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I am Installing a new dash mount ignition switch, i have a problem with the wireing, sombody just cut everything away with wire cutters and left it unmarked the pick up is a 1964 short wheel base chev. but has a mid 80's 350 motor thank you

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Hi my nissan 1400 bakkie runs perfectly until i leave the key in on position so i can only drive with holding the key sightly between start and on whats wrong? not ignition as i bought new one and doe

Sounds like a bad ignition switch. Replace it or do away with the part that feeds 12 volts to the coil
If you can get a wiring diagram for it, find the ignition wire.You could also use a 12 volt test light to find the ignition wire. Cut the ignition wire off the harness under the dash where it goes up the steering column to the ignition switch.Splice onto the end that goes to the coil. The lower end of this harness.
Install a rocker or toggle switch somewhere easily accessible. Preferably a lighted rocker switch. Run a fused 12 volt positive to it, and the ignition wire that goes to the coil. If you use a lighted rocker switch, you'll need a ground wire up to the new switch (so the light will work). When the switch is on, the ignition is on. No more messing around holding the key just right to keep it running.
Or, since the ignition switch you have seems to be defective, take it and have it replaced. There might be a warranty, since a new switch shouldn't work like that. Good luck Garcuda

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How to replace ignition switch

Disconnect the battery to prevent ignition short circuits. Lower the steering column by removing the 15 mm column mount bolts. The column will drop safely down and the steering wheel rest in the seat.

Place the trouble light in a secure area under the dash and locate the ignition switch. The switch will have two black connectors that should be snapped firmly in place. The switch is easily recognized by the wiring harness that will have larger orange and red wires than other connectors. These are the main power supply wires. Carefully unplug the two connectors. Do not confuse these connectors with the lighting connector. The lighting connector is much longer, flat and does not have any large, power wires.

Locate the small, round, dimmer switch with a rod going into it. Leave it plugged in, but disconnect the mounting screws. The ignition switch shares a mounting screw with the dimmer switch. Remove two additional mounting screws holding the ignition switch in place. Gently pry out the switch rod that runs the length of the column to the key and tumbler.

Install a new switch by fitting the activator rod, mounting the new ignition switch with the screws and plugging in the wiring harness. Install the dimmer switch with the shared screw. Remount the column, attach the battery cables, and check the repair by starting the vehicle.

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I have a 1997 chevrolet monte carlo sombody broke the steering colum i got one from the recking yard and it still doesnt turn on.can sombody tell me or give me in idea to start the car because i already...

you should have checked the alternator and the battery before you did that. my 03 montecarlo has the idnition on the dash above the radio but i'm thinking yours may have it in the steering column. check the ignition mechanism and for any stripped or broken wires

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Hello! Disconnect +battery cable...Remove tilt lever...Remove 3 Torx column cover attaching screws...Then the upper and lower column column covers...Using a Torx with a security tip (also called tamper proof tip) #440-tx20H... Remove 3 ignition switch mounting screws...Carefully pull switch away from column...Release 2 connector locks on 7 terminal wiring connector...Then disconnect from ignition switch...Release connection lock on 4 terminal connector...Then disconnect from ignition switch.


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I am trying to install a new stereo in a 94 rodeo but my wire harness is cut off

here are the wire colors and what each does.
1994 Isuzu Rodeo Car Audio Wiring Guide
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Red/White
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Brown/White
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Red/Green
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Red/Yellow
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 4′
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Dash
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Blue/Yellow
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Green/White
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray/White
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 4′
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Side Panels
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Red/White
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black/Orange

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1987 VW Jetta won't start. Starts occasionally when you jiggle the gear shift. Replaced the contact bridge and soon will be replacing neutral safety switch. If this doesn't get it started, what should I do...

I have an 87 Jetta also. The problem is basically that the electrical wiring throughout the car is getting brittle and the wires rub against metal and other items on the frames (sometimes sharp edges are involved. Once moisture gets under the wire insulation, the braided wiring begins to corrode and resistance to current flow increases over time. This has effected everything from the radio to the headlights in my car. Starting the car with the ignition switch got more and more difficult.
Then, I simply got a starter button from autozone (about 15 bucks), wired it with new 10 gauge wire directly to the starter and the battery and mounted the switch on the left side of the steering wheel on the dash (eerily there is a perfect mounting place for it). For the last 4 or 5 years, I just turn the key to the on position and push the starter button and it cranks reliably every time. Some day when I get time, I will run a new hot wire from the battery to the main fuse block under the dashboard. In the meantime, the car starts and runs great.

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