I've got a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 that was stolen. The ignition was
removed, so I need a new ignition and someone told me I need a new
"halo" also. Has anyone done this repair? My local Advance Auto Parts
has the ignition for $70, what is the "halo"?
How difficult is the repair?
Also, I haven't started the truck in about 1 month, I would like to
start it and drive it a little (or at least warm it up), is that
possible (I've tried the method the crooks used to start it, but
turning the broken ignition doesn't engage the starter anymore) to
start the truck somehow, like my taking jumper cables the the starter
The little ring that lights up around the cylinder. It's certainly not a
Replacing the ignition switch is fairly simple - a Haynes manual (available
at the auto parts store) will cover the procedure in pretty good detail.
You'll need a set of Torx screwdrivers.
You can do this, but only if the ignition switch enables the ignition
circuits. If you can get the instrument panel lights to come on (like they
normally do with you switch the ignition to 'ON'), you can remove the
starter relay from the PDC (black box next to the battery), and use a jumper
wire to connect terminal 30 to terminal 87 (these terminals will be labelled
on the underside of the relay, but you'll be connecting the terminals in the
relay socket, not on the relay itself). This will engage the starter motor.
If you can't get the ignition circuits energized with the switch, it's best
to wait until you get the switch replaced... you don't want to go hacking
up your wiring harness and splicing wires if you don't have to.
check your battery. when my 2002 Intrepid was stolen last year from the
"County" parking lot (a donut shop is needed there to keep the local cops on
the job) the thieves did something to the electrical system that made the
battery go dead. I think that when they got the car running they couldn't
turn it completely off. We had $4,800 in body/interior damage and got to
keep the drugs left in the ash tray that the Dallas -and- Plano cops didn't
want (not enough for a party high). As well as the blood soaked rags from
when the thieves cut themselves stealing it. - Yes, got pictures too.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.