Re: Starter relay switch
- From: "Ray O" <rokigawa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 22:24:34 -0500
"spongehead" <hgoodale_msp@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Dude, you seriously need to read more carefully. The wheel puller was
> used to take off the steering wheel to get to the ignition switch for
> troubleshooting after trying to start the car. I really shouldnt have
> to explain all this to just answer my question about how to bypass the
> switch in question.
I did read carefully.
I had posted:
>> I doubt your uncle removed the ignition switch. It is way too difficult
>> casually remove and replace.
Your reply was:
> I was actually with him when he did this. Had to get a wheel puller
> and was definately a difficult task. With a multimeter he discovered
> that was the problem. So, instead of replacing that, it may be easier
> to by-pass it.
You did not mention that he had to use the wheel puller to remove the
steering wheel and implied that he used the wheel puller to pull the
ignition switch. The subject of the sentence immediately preceeding the
mention of the wheel puller was the switch and since you did not name a new
subject, the implication is that the subject is still the switch.
> My uncle removed the starter relay only to prevent the daughter from
> driving which at this point had no bearing on the ignition switch. He
> did not plug it in and unplug it all the time. It was removed once.
> My uncle has his own car. It just so happened that the ignition switch
> went bad during the time when the car was not in use. So maybe when
> the daughter was away not being able to drive the car, a little mouse
> or bug got into the steering column and ate a wire causing it to ground
> out occasionally.
> You dont know my uncle in any way shape or form, so please dont accuse
> him of being stupid.
I apologize for insulting your uncle. Like I said above, your post implied
that he used the wheel puller to pull the ignition switch, which would have
been a stupid move.
As far as the ignition switch goes, if the insulation on the wiring to the
switch is damaged by rodents, bugs, or whatever, the best course of action
would be to use some silicone tape or shrink tubing to repair the
insulation. By the way, if a live wire is being grounded, you should be
popping a circuit breaker or a fuse. Is that happening? If the ignition
switch itself is damaged or bad, replacing the switch is probably easier
than trying to bypass it. You can save the lock cylinder and install it in
the replacement switch so you don't have an odd key.
If you do want to bypass the ignition switch, you would have to identify the
circuit that is closed when the switch is turned to the start position,
separate those wires from the connector to the switch, and install a
momentary contact switch rated for the amperage flowing through the circuit
in series with that circuit. This approach allows you to continue to use
the key to turn the ignition on and off and lock the steering column.
Running the wires from the clutch safety switch or neutral safety switch
(depending on your transmission) will not engage the starter.
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