Audi A6 Ignition Switch Jammin'
Andrew Duane USG
duane at hunch.zk3.dec.com
Tue Aug 22 12:38:42 EDT 2000
Hairy green toads from Mars made Lex Murphy say:
> My '96 A6 had a problem with it's ignition switch, but it was electrical not
> mechanical as this problem sounds. Yes there was a recall for the electrical
> problem. It would be worth investigating if there is a relationship between
> the sticking problem & the electrical one described in this recall notice.
> Here is the text from the National Highway Transportation Safety
> Adminsitration's (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/) Office of Defects
> NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 96V017000
> Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
> Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA,INC
> Potential Number of Units Affected: 24000
> Year: 1996
> Make: AUDI
> Model: A6
> Manufactured From: JAN 1994 To: DEC 1995
> Year of Recall: '96
> Type of Report: Vehicle
> DEFECTIVE IGNITION SWITCHES WERE IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED AND CAN CAUSE
> SOME ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES
> TO MALFUNCTION.
> SOME ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES, SUCH AS, TURN SIGNALS, WINDSHIELD WIPERS,
> LAMPS, POWER WIND0WS AND AIR
> CONDITIONERS CAN MALFUNCTION WHEN THE CAR IS STARTED.
> DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH.
> SYSTEM: ELECTRICAL; IGNITION; SWITCH.
That's the problem, but it is mechanical. the switch sticks and does
not return to the "run" position, so many of the electrical gadgets
won't power up (like windows, sunroof, climate control, signals).
Andrew L. Duane (JOT-7) duane at zk3.dec.com
Compaq Computer Corporation (603)-884-1294
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Nashua, NH 03062-2698
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