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IT won't start and the electrics on the ignition seems to be slightly bnackwards

oh and hi by the way,

After some searching around on here, my initial thought was the actual ignition barrel had given up, but then i noticed that in the off position all my elctronics were working ,
do you think the ignition switch has given up ?
I'd prefere that to the barrel

Any tips on changing the switch, i.e. how the ****** comes off ?
 

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I don't seem to have a full range of turn,
I've removed the barrel and tried the good ole srewdriver technique,

Must say i'm slightly happier knowing its not the barrel

but don't wanna start ripping the switch off as i'm uncertain how its attatched,

any ideas where i can get a cheap ignition switch from, i'm fairly certain thats what has given up
 

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Jobs a good un

Phoned round for an Ignition Switch

bloke in local breakers yard said he had one, so went down for it

Watched in absolute horror as they guy started undoing lotsa bolts, take the steering wheel off, break off bits of facia and finally snap a bolt in two to get at it, only took him 30 mins though


Ended up walking away with the complete arm, plus Key and Barrel for £20

All this just for a flamming ignition switch, like hell was i gonna attempt all that,

Popped round to our local specialist, who then kindly informed that a tiny allen key would remove the 2 grub screws, job done in 5 minutes, including removing the new unit from the hunk of metal of the other car

Its a mad mad world indeed !!!!!!!!!
 

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I don't believe it - but I went through eactly the same thing - yeaterday.
Last part of MOT check-out and the horn needs fixing. So that gets fixed but in the process we've had to turn ignition on and off more than once to check it out.

And then we find that steering wheel locked had engaged and the sodding key won't turn to "break" lock.

Not so coincidentally I reckon, I've been plagued for over a year now with the same problem. Turn key, no dash lights but the blowers and indicators and everything else works. But engine won't turn over.

Yesterday, we finally got it "fixed". After taking off surround "console" on the steerring wheel and wellying a load of WD40 down the barrel's throat. Two sodding hours later, the "grip" finally breaks and there's a distinctly louder, heavier click as the key comes out of the barrel.

I've started and stopped the car maybe 20 times since then. Each time, the lights have come up quicker and without hesitation. I can't even hear the click that comes from the glove compartment and the fuse box, it's so quick. And the car has started first time each time. It's not necessarily the solution to your problem but you could give it a try at least. There's maybe sufficient muck been forced down that barrel from simply putting the key in over the years. But the key seems to go in deeper now and bites like it didn't before. When you see just what's in behind the wheel you'll understand why. I reckon the car was built around that arangement because it's a massive and pretty solid piece of kit.
 
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