Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
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Shorted out ignition switch; now all is dead
So the ignition switch shorted out (smoke, sparks, et al.), and I have replaced the ignition switch and the key cylinder (which was pretty loose anyway); but now nothing there works (that is to say, no hazards, no dashboard, and when you turn the key to the on position nothing ever happens, no crank, etc.). Other than the ignition problem, it (the car, a 1988 2.3 hatchback) was running more or less fine (80-mile commute every day). I've checked all the fuses; the car does turn over if I use a screwdriver @ the solenoid. Are there some other fuses about which I don't know? Or is something else permanently fried? Any suggestions would be welcome.
There is no power coming to any of the ten wires that connect to the ignition switch. The wire that goes around the switch (which, as far as I can tell, serves to DING DING DING DING when you put the key in the ignition) works.
Also, i know nothing whatsoever about cars and have no idea what those things are in front of the passenger seat (near where her right foot would be), and so I haven't touched anything over there.
Any suggestions would be most welcome! Especially from any mechanics near Annapolis / Baltimore / Washington who might be able to actually take a look (unless it's something really simple that I'm missing).