Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gauges won't work and can't get out of park unless I can get the key in just the right position.

asked by on

Brand new battery and alternator. There appear to be no blown fuses. Engine turns over. Gauges, a/c, seatbelt alarm and clock won't work until I kind of jiggle the key into the 'sweet spot' (like shorted pair of headphones in an auxiliary port). My buddy works for car parts store, says it's likely the ignition switch.

My car has 157000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: From what you’ve described, your friend is ...

From what you’ve described, your friend is most likely correct in their diagnosis. The ignition switch is at fault for these symptoms. If you’d like to get this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can diagnose your issue firsthand and replace your ignition switch as necessary. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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: What is the cost to cut a new ignition key? I live in Lincoln, NE if that matters.

I would suggest calling a locksmith and explain the problem that you have to see if they have the capability to help you out. Unfortunately, I do not think they can but it will not hurt to give them a...

Q: Oil light flashes when I push brakes

Hello. You don't indicate the mileage on your vehicle, but a high mileage or poorly maintained or abused engine could have low oil pressure from worn connecting rod or crankshaft main bearings or a clogged oil pump pickup screen. It...

Q: I can get the car to unlock when I click the button and when I try the key in the door, it groans and doesn't move.

The door locks on a vehicle will unlock with a voltage above 5 volts. The groaning sound that you are hearing is the door lock actuators trying to operate as you move the door lock cylinder manually. Try starting the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.