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Ignition Switch Electrical Gremlin

Hey Everyone,

My '86 951 has been sitting in the garage for about six months while I've been out of town. I finally got the opportunity to drive it today and was pleased to see that it started right up without any issues. I drove down to the gas station to fill up but then couldn't get it started again.

The battery has good volts, the clock works, and when I put the key in the ignition with the door open, I hear the standard dummy chime. However, when I move the key to the next detent (accessory or run position), the chime stops, none of the gauges come to life, and the car no longer gets power. Needless to say, nothing happens when I move the key to the start position.

Is this an ignition switch issue or something deeper? Any work arounds to getting it started so I can at least drive it back from the gas station?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!


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If you have an extra DME relay I would put that in and try it, or make up a jumper for it. Clark's Garage has instructions if you need them.

It could be the ignition switch, but I don't know of a way to bypass it. That would actually be a bad thing as it would be easy to steal the car, right?

Sorry I can't help you more....
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I went back to the car later in the day and it started right up, so I suppose that may eliminate a bad DME relay. Conversely, I think that supports a possible bad contact in the ignition switch. I think I'll give that shot, although I'm not looking forward to cramming my head under the dash...

Thanks for the reply!

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No power to the gauges would more indicate a bad ignition switch, DME relay would not cause a no power situation (except to the DME and fuel pump)

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