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Engine won't shut off '91 Escort GT

Engine won't shut off with ignition key, accessory lights on dash stay on also. Have to stall it to stop engine, (accessory lights still stay on)then disconnect battery. NOT run-on. Also noticed the ignition switch courtesy light no longer comes on.
1991 Escort GT, 1.8 Litre OHC, 5 speed standard. Runs excellent otherwise. Shut-off relay not powering up??

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  • b_crane_650 Feb 15, 2009

    Thank you TLRogue and emissionwiz.

    Price of new tumbler, $200 CAD, new ignition switch, $500+.Very scarce in the scrapyards here because it is the GT model. The ignition switch assembly fits over the steering spindle in the GT. Not an easy replacement but not impossible. One of two connectors behind the switch has two heavy gauge black wires. I disconnect that and all is well after stalling the engine to stop it.Because they are both black I suggest that they are the same wire using the ignition switch as an interrupt. Unless there is a faulty powered relay on that same line then it is indeed the ignition switch.

    Not a problem with a wet fuse box, windshield is sealed tight and fuses are dry.

  • Marvin
    Marvin May 11, 2010

    repalce the ignition switch.



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Check the fuse box is not full of water.
Thet suffered from leaking windscreens, and it filled the fuse box.
If not, you are looking at a faulty ignition switch.


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