Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Right, took my car into the local friendly garage, which replaced the new ignition switch in less than 30 minutes.
It was relatively simple. They took off the plastic cowling on the bottom half of the steering column, removed the electrical connectors to the ignition switch then drilled out two headless screws attaching the black plastic ignition switch to the steering wheel column. The igintion switch could then be removed and the new one put in and secured with two new screws supplied with the part. The heads of these break off once a certain torque is reached. Back on with the electrical connectors, then the cowling and lo and behold my car starts first time every time without the dash board dying or, erroneous ABS, VDC, or immobiliser failure warning, or, having started, conking out when I put the car in 1st or reverse gear.
The one additional benefit is that I have owned the car for nearly three years now and until the ignition switch was replaced, I hadn't noticed that there is a ring light around the cigarette lighter socket that glows red when the lights are turned on. I don't know whether this is just coincidence but it started working today. I was delighted by my newly working light. Sad but true!