18 years ago
wiring problem in the steering column that prevents it from starting.
According to them, the repair shops have fixed it several times in the
past, but say that it keeps overheating in the Texas heat and melting
the wires again. It ONLY affects the 'START' position of the ignition
switch, the key works fine in all other positions (accessory, on,
etc). Bascially the end result is that the only way to start the car
is to give it a good push and pop the clutch (luckily it's a manual
Other than this problem, the car runs fine .. it's just VERY
inconvenient. The starter itself is fine... when they fix the wiring
(or when it miraculously just happens to make contact) it starts right
up. It just never stays fixed for long and certainly doesn't make the
car 'reliable'. Since the mechanics can't seem to find a permanent
fix for this, I'm wondering if I could run a wire direct to the
starter, through the firewall and put a separate pushbutton switch
under the dash? Since I'm not sure where the wiring problem is in the
first place I'd just like to bypass ALL of the wiring and do a direct
Would this work? And would it be secure? I.e., right now you need to
have the key in the 'ON' position to pop the clutch and start it - and
I'm hoping that's what would happen if I had this pushbutton switch to
the starter - I don't want it to be able to start without the keys.
Any input would be appreciated! If I could get this fixed for them
once and for all, the car would be a lot more useful!