How to tell if the ignition switch is bad?

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A tell tell sign that a ignition switch had gone bad is the dashboard lights. When your car stalls, the lights on the dashboard will shut off. The speedometer and tachometer will also go off but will come on again. Another symptom of a bad ignition is the vehicle itself not starting. The engine may have to be turned over several times before the engine actually starts which drains your battery. Another sign is a hot ignition. This means the probably could be electrical.

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1. Insert your car key into the ignition and turn it to the "ON" position (do not try to "crank" the ignition or start the car) 2. Look for a red warning light
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If the switch fails, however, you won't be able to start your. vehicle.
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1 Additional Answer
The ignition switch powers up different functions in your car so quite a few different symptoms can occur if the switch is bad. You may have a problem with the car starting and then stalling. The area around the switch could feel hot to the touch. Some of the cars accessories may not work. These are only a few of the possible symptoms. You can find more information at www.2carpros.com
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