Q: Car won't start after the ignition switch replacement

asked by on

The ignition switch in my car was malfunctioning. I had to keep the key in the "on" position so as not to turn off the car. So, I had it replaced with a new one. I did it myself. But, even though all the electronics function properly, I cannot start the car when I turn the key to the run position. I cannot start the car with the remote either. It wouldn't even turn over. What could be wrong?

Hello. If your 1998 Buick Riviera cannot be started remotely or when the key is turned all the way, then you either have a bad starter relay, or there can be an issue with the starter or the transmission position sensor. Both of these are common issues that will cause this. If you are planning on repairing this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair the starting issue for you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't start after the ignition switch replacement

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Problems with car alarm

Hi. Before the vehicle will start, the powertrain control module (PCM) must receive a signal from the key transponder. The transponder checks to see if the key being inserted is valid. If it does not recognize the key, it will...

Q: Sporadic issues with eletrical system of the car

Your vehicle has many technical bulletins that pertains to wiring issues with pins and connectors to various modules and control units in the vehicle. This issue is one that is hard to track down since it is an intermittent connection...

Q: No reverse light or horn - 1982 Chevrolet C30

Check the reverse light switch (located on the transmission?) to be sure it is closing the circuit when Reverse is selected. Make sure there is power to the switch, throught the switch, then power to the reverse light bulbs. Check...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...