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Starting Issue/No wipers/No Lights
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Posted by thetallguy [Email] (#1698) [Profile/Gallery] (more from thetallguy) on Sun, 31 May 2020 19:10:00 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Spray some starting fluid in the intake, Keith95Aero, Thu, 21 May 2020 18:56:38
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If the lights and the wipers don't work and you also have an intermittent failure to start, I would suspect the main ignition switch. This switch is located under the key cylinder and is responsible for energizing all electrical components except radio presets/clock/and emergency flashers. You can possibly test this theory by carefully rotating the key to different positions and see if you get wiper and light function. Side load the key slightly and see if wiggling the key with an applied side load nets any resolution to the starting issue. I once was trying to return from Columbia,SC., with a newly purchased '98 9000 which lost lights and wipers, both of which I desperately needed that day. I stopped the car and played with many things which included many turns of the key in the attempt to re-start the car and activate lights. Eventually, I discovered that I was able to start the car when I held the key in a specific position and then, once started,the additional action of rotating the key slightly side loaded counter clockwise returned the lights and the wiper action. Now, I will say that in this case the ignition switch had almost no perceptible spring "return" action from full turn to start. So, if your key just kind of hangs out and does nothing after a full rotation to start (the starter motor might remain actively engaged requiring a slight manual rotation of the key counter clockwise to disengage the starter motor) the switch most likely is failing. My car's starter motor did not have this issue of continual engagement but...both lights and wipers were missing and there was an occasional no start problem. I made it home and lived to tell the tale. A new ignition switch (not the cylinder) resolved the problem. I wish you luck!
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