2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.7L Hemi
Experiencing recent electrical problems. Truck sits for a day or two.
Try to start and the battery is dead. (Fortunately, I have a jump pack
in the toolbox. Once I jump, it runs fine.)
I've narrowed it down to the ignition switch, I think.
Diagram of switch positions:
I've noticed in the last few days that the IGNITION KEY CAN BE REMOVED
IN ANY OF THE POSITIONS, including IGNITION. This does not seem right.
You should not be able to remove the key in any position except OFF.
Since I am NOT the only person who drives the truck, I suspect that the
other drivers are turning the truck off, but putting the ignition
switch in the AUX position and removing the key, leaving circuits
burning (radio, lights, dashboard display, door locks, etc.) that
drains the battery.
My question is, should you be able to remove the key in any other
position except OFF?
If not, do I need a new ignition lock cylinder and a new set of keys?
Or is the problem something more involved?