Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key stays in cranking position until it starts - 2012 Honda Odyssey

asked by on

I took it in to Honda of Katy,Tx. They replaced battery because of dead cell , but still continued with same problem I was told that it went through a fuel pressure test and was not an issue. mechanics told me they cannot diagnose when car seems to be running good. talked to another mechanic he said it could be the chip in my remote key I used another key still the same. cant be battery because it cranks, starter is turning, fuel pressure good, recently changed spark plugs thinking it was that, on the road runs better than a new car. no hesitation pick-up power very good, just a few second tell it starts the only thing I have done personally is change a wiring harness on head lamp. I am a bib believer of servicing my vehicle .

My car has 89000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. If the key stays in cranking positio...

Hello. If the key stays in cranking position until it starts, the issue may be related to the ignition switch or lock cylinder. These are the components that control the starting circuit. If the key is physically remaining in the same position, then it may be possible that the switch or cylinder are jamming or broken.

The ignition lock cylinder is the mechanical cylinder that the key physically enters and turns in, in order to power on and start the vehicle, which then turns the ignition switch, the actual electrical switch that controls power to the vehicle. If there is a mechanical issue with the cylinder, or an electrical issue with the switch, it can cause the key to remain stuck or the starting circuit to remain engaged, causing the engine to continue cranking. I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine why the key is in an unusual position and suggest any needed repairs.

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: Recently had the IMRC rotary valve assembly replaced. One day later and I'm getting P1078.

Hi there. Some additional diagnostic tests will be necessary to identify the problem. The P1078 testing diagrams show that there are possible issues with a solenoid valve, a sensor, a vacuum leak, or an electrical issue. A certified mechanic will...

Q: What are some reasons why the remote vehicle start won’t work?

The remote vehicle start feature allows you to turn on your vehicle using only your remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter. However, the remote vehicle start will not work if any of these conditions are met: 1. The RKE transmitter is...

Q: Changed battery. Interior lights, radio, alarmcame on but wouldn't let me push start button. Why not start?

First make sure the battery terminal connections are clean and tight. Over-tightening the connections on the battery may fatigue the terminal connector and cause a fracture or break. This is a very common cause for your car's symptoms. Hire one...

Related articles

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.