Having problems with your 1996 Honda Accord ?

While driving the RPM & Speedometer needles were dropping to zero and then going back up. The other day it finally dropped to zero and never went back up. We thought it was the fuel pump and replaced it. Still will not start. It turns over but will not stay running. My husband has discovered that if you hold the key in a certain spot it will stay running, but the minute you let go of the key it dies. Please help!!

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 17-01-2022

Answers :

Your problem sounds like a faulty ignition switch--I'm basing this on the fact that if you jiggle/hold the key in a certain way, your car will run. It should be relatively simple to swap it out. \015\012
\015\012Note that the ignition switch comes in 2 parts: (1) the lock cylinder for the key and (2) the electrical switch behind the lock cylinder. Your lock cylinder (usually, the more expensive part) is probably fine; the wear or loose wire is most likely on the electrical piece of the ignition switch.\015\012
\015\012If you're handy, this may be a self-repair--you'll need the car's key to help release the lock cylinder so you can get to the ignition switch. However, you may need to disassemble some or all of the steering column shrouding to get to the switch connectors (this will be an unplug / replace kind of item). Before doing any of that, make sure you disconnect the battery, as you don't want to accidentally cross a wire and end up with a face full of exploding air bag. If you take this to a garage, I suspect that this would not be a major repair in terms of cost.
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