Tag: ignition

27 Posts

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue
Sep 21, 2018

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue

Dear Car Talk

Defective brake light switch to blame for car not starting.

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Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast
Jun 21, 2018

Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast

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Testing the ignition system may put the Grand back in this Grand Am

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Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?
Oct 10, 2017

Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?

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In old cars, the spark timing is probably not the cause of poor performance. Here's why.

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Nissan Altima ignition problems
Nov 01, 2015

This Week's Turd of the Week?

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Don’t get some Nissan Altima owners started about their cars. But if you could get their cars started for them, that would be good.

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Jetta plays radio with no key
Nov 12, 2015

What's Come Over Lisa's Volkswagen Jetta?

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Lisa's Volkswagen Jetta will play the radio and CD player without the key in the ignition. It never did this before. Can Car Talk explain what gives?

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Jeep CJ-7 ignition switch problem
Jan 28, 2014

Today: Help for Jeep Ignition Switch?

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Michael is having trouble with the ignition switch in his 1979 Jeep CJ-7. Tom and Ray think he'll probably need to replace it. Find out why this job is going to be a huge pain in the rear differential, right here.


why won't the engine shut off when i remove the key
May 02, 2013

Grace's Neon Doesn't Know When to Quit

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Grace's Dodge Neon won't turn off, even after the key is removed from the engine. Her mechanic replaced the ignition cylinder but now he's stumped. Will Tom and Ray have good suggestions for Grace? (Or will they just tell her to focus on how lucky she is to have a car that won't stop instead of a car that won't start?)


Can turn signals work intermittently
Nov 29, 2011

Is it possible for turn signals to fail intermittently?

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The blinkers on Terry's beat-up 1995 Volvo 850 have stopped working for her...but they still work for her husband! Is this a case of failed electronics or operator error?

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is it bad to crank the ignition right away
Nov 01, 2010

Today: Annette copes with a micromanaging husband.

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My husband always gets mad because I immediately crank the ignition of our 2005 Honda Element. He tells me that I should wait a few seconds and listen for the fuel pump to fill. Is this true, or he is just...

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how can i stop my car from leaving the fan and stereo on when parked
Sep 01, 2007

Why is the fan running in Brad's car, long after he's done driving? Auto-poltergeist... or something more earthly?

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Last night, my neighbor knocked on my door an hour after I got home. He asked me if I had left my car running for a reason. I told him that I had turned off the car and had the...