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Old 13 Jan 2014, 11:03 am
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Default Bad Ignition Switch?

I am driving a 2008 Honda Civic LX.

Every once in a while, when I attempt to turn the engine on, I hear a
"zapping" sound instead. If I turn the ignition key back in the off
position and then try again the engine starts normally.

Is this a sign that the ignition switch is going bad?
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 10:27 pm
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tb wrote:
> I am driving a 2008 Honda Civic LX.
>
> Every once in a while, when I attempt to turn the engine on, I hear a
> "zapping" sound instead. If I turn the ignition key back in the off
> position and then try again the engine starts normally.
>
> Is this a sign that the ignition switch is going bad?


Is that where the noise is? Inside the car by the ignition switch?

GW
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 11:22 pm
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On Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:03:19 +0000 (UTC), "tb"
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>I am driving a 2008 Honda Civic LX.
>
>Every once in a while, when I attempt to turn the engine on, I hear a
>"zapping" sound instead. If I turn the ignition key back in the off
>position and then try again the engine starts normally.
>
>Is this a sign that the ignition switch is going bad?


Could be. I had one go bad in a similar way. It finally got
intermittent enough that I saw a little smoke come out of the steering
column shroud which sort of gave it away.
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 11:28 pm
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Default Re: Bad Ignition Switch?

On 01/13/2014 09:27 PM, Geoff Welsh wrote:
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> Is that where the noise is? Inside the car by the ignition switch?
>
> GW


My impression is that the noise comes from under the hood somewhere...
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Old 17 Jan 2014, 02:34 pm
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On 1/13/2014 10:03 AM, tb wrote:
> I am driving a 2008 Honda Civic LX.
>
> Every once in a while, when I attempt to turn the engine on, I hear a
> "zapping" sound instead. If I turn the ignition key back in the off
> position and then try again the engine starts normally.
>
> Is this a sign that the ignition switch is going bad?
>



Honda sent out a bulletin a few years ago about this ignition switch. It
had been designed poorly and failed at about 100,000 miles give or take.
Mine failed right at 100,000. You need to get the new part number for
the fixed switch before you replace it. This job is not terribly
difficult. This same switch was used in most Honda models and has
plagued Honda owners everywhere.

Michael
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