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Old 16 Jul 2008, 11:14 pm
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Default Possible Ignition Switch?

I have an 02 Limited and are getting the following symptoms:
1. Turn on the ignition switch and car will not even click.
2. All lights, both interior and exterior work fine.
3. Battery checks out ok at 11 volts.
4. Terminals are clean.
5. Before the car died, for about the last two weeks it started to crank a little bit slower.

I was told that this may be an igition switch problem and the part is about $13 at Autozone. Is there anything else it could possibly be before I purchase this part, chase this rabbit and attempt myself to install this myself in a parking lot? Autozone gave me the instructions and it appears relatively simple because I do not have to pull the steering column. Thougths?
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 06:01 am
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The PT starting to start a little slower would have nothing to do with the switch. The starter takes the biggest draw of amps from the battery over anything else. Even though you measured 11 amps I would still try and jump the battery from a good source using the proper points. I haven't heard of anyone having to replace the ignition switch but loads of problems with the battery or starter solenoid.

Try that first and let us know how it works out.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 06:14 am
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i agree with crewzin, i bet you jump it or put a fresh battery and it will start up keep us posted
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Old 19 Jul 2008, 05:31 pm
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11 volts sounds too low to me. The slow cranking was battery dying.
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Old 20 Jul 2008, 06:25 pm
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A well charged battery should read anywhere from 12 to 14 volts, your reading at 11 volts indicates a battery that is not charging. Try charging your battery till it reads about 13 v (if you can) and then see if you can start it. If you determine that the battery is good, have your alternator checked to see if it is charging the battery correctly.
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