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...

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How much is it to put a car door on?

Installing a card door can vary in price quite drastically depending on the condition of the used door you decide to purchase and the condition of the damaged door currently on the vehicle in addition to any damage that has...

Q: Steering wheel isn't straight after getting an alignment

Hello. In order to properly adjust the steering wheel an alignment must be properly performed. It sounds like you have not had a good alignment. If you get an alignment the steering wheel should always be straight when you are...

Q: How do I change the key battery?

If your remote key stops working, it is likely because the battery has died. When this happens, you will need to replace the battery, which you can do with a few steps: Remove the mechanical key from the key...

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.