If it is the ignition switch and not the key tumbler assembly , it takes a Phillips screwdriver and a #10 torx with the hole in the center, remove the under dash cover and the bottom half of the steering column cover with the Phillips, then use the torx to remove the retaining screw from the ignition switch. Unplug and replace! the unit is located on the left of the steering column under the blinker switch. They average around thirty dollars after market. If it is the key cylinder, you would follow the same instruction except for removing the ign switch, turn the key to the on position and push in the retainer on the bottom then pull out ! I just did this to my daughter's 98 with a little help from a pipe wrench , (it would not go in to the on position) ! The cylinder is not offered after market andwants 80 or 90 dollars for it so I took it to a local lock smith and they rebuilt it for $28.00 Good Luck ! -------------------------------- I tried the answer above with no luck. My key wouldn't go into the on position either, in fact the key wouldn't move at all. All I ended up was denting the crhome-like plate on top of the key cylinder with the pipe wrench. I guess I didn't want to apply so much force not to make matters worse. I ended up calling the locksmith, who, to my surprise, solved it in less than a minute! And here I offer you the cheapest solution. What he did was to take the key off the keychain, insert it in the cylinder as usual, and then insert the thin end of a file (a common tool for locksmiths) through the hole of the key and use it as a lever. Then he started shaking it quickly and vigorously -obviously not enough strenght as to break the key- taking it in and out, and shaking back and forth several times, until it actually turned!! Once it turns you press on the retainer and pull the cylinder out. Then take it to the locksmith and you can save big bucks on the rebuilding and the having the locksmit go to where the car is.
I removed my ignition switch with a screwdriver and a power drill. I warn you it damaged the whole system though. I have to start it with a screwdriver now.
You can't, you have to replace the ignition switch
You don't. The ignition is required to start the car. If it fails you need a new ignition switch.
behind the ignition switch they go bad often
how can you start a '89 mercury cougar with a broken ignition switch?
Turn the ignition switch to ON (do not start) and fully depress the accelerator pedal slowly 3 times within 10 seconds and then turn the ignition switch to OFF .
May be a defective ignition switch
it should be defective ignition switch...................It could be anything between the ignition switch and the terminal on the starter solenoid. There may be a bad ignition switch, bad ignition fuse or a bad fuseable link.
The ignition switch is where you insert your key to start car
The ignition will not turn on until there is sufficient voltage to run the computers. You may need to leave the cables on longer, or replace the battery.
when you start the car up that's your ignition switch is located...
The ignition switch is in the steering column..that's where you insert the key to start the vehicle.
Defective Starter solenoid or ignition switch. Ignition switch is bad.
BETTER HAVE THE ECM CHECKED.ITS A COMMON PROBLEM ON THESE CARS.ITS LOCATED NEXT TO THE BATTERY ON THE LEFT FRONT FENDER.MINE DID THE SAME THING.THE IGNITION MUDULE IS BUILT INTO THE ECM.
Sounds like a bad ignition switch
The KILL switch is in series with the ignition switch. When the KILL switch is open, the bike will not start.
might be something with starter/solenoid assembly or the crank wire circuit coming from the ignition switch.
ignition is sticking and let me guess it was rolling try a parkin brake I am having the same problem. I don't know the answer yet, but I know that the response above is insulting. I can tell you that it, in my case and possibly yours, is not the key switch, the ignition switch, the solenoid, or the voltage regulator.
The ignition switch is one unit and you replace the entire thing. Do not confuse the ignition switch with the key lock tumbler. They are two different things.
There are a few possible reasons why a vehicle will not start. First check the battery and terminals on the battery, if the battery is good check the starter, alternator and ignition switch.
For most cars, the sequence is... Off, ACC, Ignition On, Start
No, if it starts on its own without you turning the ignition switch then the ignition switch is defective.
if the battery is dead the switch wont unlock or start
an ignition switch or starter is a switch that activates the main electrical systems of a vehicle. This normally powers the start motor that turns the engine in the starting up process. . Most vehicles do not have an ignition switch anymore the key in the cylinder acts as the "switch"
Simple Answer: The Ignition lock. There is a metal tab located on the tumbler assembly, which when turning the key [to start the car] presses on a switch [which turns on a relay; which kicks in the starter] This tab most likely broke off. Replace the tumbler assembly