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Old 27 Dec 2013, 07:31 pm
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Default Ignition Switch/Actuator

A few weeks back, the Ignition Switch Actuator in my 2001 snapped and stranded me at work. With the help of this forum and a AAA locksmith, we removed the Ignition switch and started the car with a screwdriver. I picked up a new Dorman Actuator and replaced it later that evening. From that point on, my radio display stopped working in all key positions except "ACC" and for that to work, I'd have to remove my key from the ignition, re-insert the key and turn it directly to "ACC". Once I moved the key from that position into any other the display went blank again.

Fast forward to today. I picked up a new BWD Ignition Switch and replaced the OEM. This fixed my radio display issue, but now, the door ajar chime rings with the door open and no key in the ignition. It's almost like the plastic push rod on the Actuator is not retracting when the key is removed.

The good news is that this issue is slightly less annoying than the non-functioning radio display.

Back to the drawing board.
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Old 29 Dec 2013, 07:35 am
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Default Re: Ignition Switch/Actuator

Had the same problem with mine to begin with - the plastic pushrod sticks.

Bang underneath the steering column to release it - after a few days mine sorted itself out
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Old 30 Dec 2013, 12:30 pm
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Default Re: Ignition Switch/Actuator

In my case, it doesn't appear to be the actuator pin sticking. Last evening, I reached into the shroud and put some pressure on the harness/connector to make sure it was fully seated (which it seemed to be), and the chime shut off. I don't know if one of the pins in the mating connector came loose or what, but it seems to be working fine now.
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