Could removing tumblers from an ignition switch eliminate my power?

by Anonymous

Won't start (tough one)... Was given a TNG LS 49 from my daughter. It is a 2006 that she purchased new. Only has 45 miles on it. It has been sitting for a few years.

Problem was lost keys. Had new keys cut, but the guy that cut the keys said he removed 4 tumblers in the ignition switch. Won't start so checked the ignition switch wires for power.

There are 4 wires. One black is ground. Is there to be power in the other 3 and if so, where do the hot wires run to? Wondering if he messed something up by eliminating the 4 tumblers and that is eliminating power somewhere.


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Jun 11, 2010
by: Ron Goldwyn, Milford CT

I don't thank missing tumblers are the problem. All that would do is make the key have less combinations to open the switch. your problem is electricaL as these switches start in the off position, move to the accessory on position then to the on position and the start position.

My guess is that your wires are all mixed up. One wire must be 12v+ into the switch and another must go to the starter and only works when the key is turned to the extreme clockwise position.

After the engine starts, the switch remains in the 3rd position that the spring leaves it in. That leaves you with the accessory on position.

I wish I could be more detailed, but that is beyond my ability.

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