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Old 03-09-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default '98 SL2, Hard to turn key in ignition - will not start

Another problem with my 98 SL2 with 123,000 mi. I went to start the car and the key had a hard time at first turning the ignition. Once it did, all check lights came on and then nothing. No start. Battery is good, Car is in Park. I thought this may be related to the security system, this checked out ok too. I removed the key a few times and turned the steering wheel to unlock it and then the key slid in like it should and the car started. Is this the Key? or could this be the ignition switch?

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Old 03-09-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: '98 SL2, Hard to turn key in ignition - will not start

Check the threads for '98's having the first lame anti-theft system by way of a starter relay interrupt wired haphazardly and taped into the wire bundle along the steering column. There's a picture of it floating around to identify the common '87' relay. It may be faulty and preventing the starter from powering up.

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Actually it was '97. And it doesn't sound like it's the problem, if the key turned and the engine started normally after turning the wheel. A fresh key (DON'T get a copy of your original; have a NEW one cut based on the VIN) might help, but it might just be a case of "Doctor, it hurts when I do this....well, then, don't do that." IOW, when you remove the key, don't turn the wheel to lock the column, or if you do, turn the wheel again to "unload" the column lock from the ignition cylinder when you go to start it again.

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I hate it when I have to be reminded I'm wrong, again!? Thanks M.

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