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I finally got the drain on the battery fixed yesterday. I went out today to tinker with it. When I turned the ignition key to the on position, it surprised my by starting the keeping the starter ingaged. it wont even try to start with the key turned to the start position. What have I done to this thing? Help!!!!
 

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Did you ever see the movie "Maximum Overdrive?" I hope you're still alive! Sounds like your ignition switch is doing some mighty strang things.

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Sounds kind of like a bad solenoid to me. These things tend to weld themselves closed when the fail, keeping the starter engaged. It's dirt cheap and takes 5 minutes to replace. I'd start with that before tackling the ingintion switch. Good luck.


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Good call! always go after the cheap, easy to reach stuff first. I guess your car isn't like Christine which has the propensity of self healing - uh, repair. Another Stephen King novel/movie.

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That movie stunk!!! After the first 10 minutes, it went downhill fast!



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I second the starter solenoid idea. This came up a few months back on the old board and it was the starter solenoid. The ignition switch can be a pain to switch too. The solenoid id much more accessable

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to check solenoid remove red with blue stripe wire "S" term and you should not be able to turn the motor over. then with wire stil off check voltage on wire - you should get 12 volts only in ign switch in start positon. if you see 12 volts in other positions that is your problem. also make sure your red wire with blue stripe does not go to "I" terminal on solenoid - this would put coil voltage on relay that pulls up starter relay in solenoid and might cause your condition
 
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