Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Panel lights on with ignition off

asked by on

Vauxhall Astra key in ignition engine on running press clutch to start car and panel lights flash I press cluch and engine fires without turning key. Is it safe to drive please

My car has 52000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: It sounds like you have a problem with your...

It sounds like you have a problem with your electrical ignition switch. If systems are powering on your vehicle without turning the key, then that is one of the few components that could be the cause. An internet search also reveals that is a common issue with Vauxhall Astra's.

Driving around with a faulty ignition switch is not a good idea. It means that various systems in your car can run or turn off at anytime. Have your car looked at by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, for a complete diagnosis of the issue and help you replace the ignition switch as necessary.

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: Changed alternator now car seems to be in creeper mode.

Hi there. If the engine is not accelerating after replacing the alternator, then check the alternator and see if its charging the battery. Look at the cables and make sure that they are hooked up correctly. If the alternator is...

Q: ignition control module keeps failing

This could be either the ignition control module or the ECM which gives direction to the ignition control module. I would start by checking the power supply to the ignition control module to see if it is receiving any power...

Q: Fuel injector problems causing starting issues.

Does the engine crank over at all when you turn the key? If just one injector was having an issue your car would still start. However, there could be a misfire condition causing the engine to run rough. I would...

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 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.
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.