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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:34 pm 
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Ignition switch seems to be something that every 9000 has had to get done. Mine went, but it still allowed me to start the car luckily.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:18 pm 
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The bits arrived at the beginning of the week and what was claimed on The Web of Lies as a 30 minute job needing a couple of torx drivers and a hex key has proved to be incorrect. Unless you are small, agile and have multiple joints in your arms that normal humans can only dream of.

The old unit is out and I have installed the new unit. Being cautious I have tried to start the car before replacing everything. Being Me it won't bloomin' start. :cry: I have put the task of finding out why to one side lest my inner gorilla takes over. At least it'll be difficult to take the car away.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:28 pm 
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nothing worse than doing a carp job and still no further forwards
me mums ignition didnt work one day some lecy contact cleaner and carb cleaner then some lube sorted it never happened again in 2 years then she sold it

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:08 am 
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You had to remove your steering wheel to replace the ignition switch? I can't remember the details when I did it, but it was pretty easy and I definitely didn't have to take the steering wheel off.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 7:14 am 
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You may not have to remove the steering wheel. I went that way as a result of miscommunication with my cousin. He'd just swapped the whole ignition and column from a donar car to his 9000. So I followed what he'd done.

As I have a Carsson steering wheel to fit as well it seemed an ok way to do everything, eventually.

Though being an arthritic gorilla with an oversized waist the "move seat back and maul on the floor" method was never going to be warmly embraced by me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:33 am 
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A minor update: It seems the "dicky ignition" was a smokescreen. The ignition was not turning correctly and comparing the action with the new one shows that it was a tired and grumpy unit that could have failed sooner rather than later. But when the car wouldn't start after swapping them over I assumed it was something I had done/not done and spent time chasing smoke and thin air.

It was the starter motor that had packed in. Looking back it could have been the starter motor that packed in on Lidl carpark and the switch was working at the time. It's taken this long to diagnose as my trusty UnderTheCar Monkey (my cousin) could only call round and investigate over a couple of weekends. The direct connection of the starter connections was the final proof that it was fubar.

I booked it into my local garage to have a new unit fitted, but as they are a busy garage I had to week a week and a half before they had a slot. While they had it I got them to do a service too.

I'm now using it as my Daily Driver to get some time behind the wheel getting familiar with it's quirks to work out what are quirks and what's not. The bloomin' immobiliser is a "quirk" that I keep forgetting and panic when the car doesn't start.

I will be cleaning it soon, so my cousin has told me. :roll: It does need a wash and polish though and to date I'm avoiding the local hand-washes, to date.

Next on the list will be seeing how front and side amber indicators look, replacing the badges and popping a standard grill back on the front.

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