[V6-12v] 1995 90Q Ignition switch/Starter motor...

Casimiro Izquierdo caig01 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 25 23:33:35 EDT 2006

Try this for adventure.  My son 15 years old and I got stuck on Rt. 66 near the beltway in the DC area.  Luckily it was Saturday at about 6:00 PM and the traffic was "light" - yeah right!  I had stopped the car, stupidly, to check and see if it was the starter that was bad - and yes it was and yes we were stuck on the service lane.  After calling AAA, I got to thinking about rolling the car.  The only problem was that I was on a very gently slope going uphill - almost flat, but enough to do a slow roll backwards.  I had my son push the car from the front and with more care than you can imagine, got enough momentum to be able to start the car in reverse gear.  For those of you that know Rt. 66 you will appreciate what it is like to be going backwards against traffic on such a road.  Hope I will never have to repeat it.

"Dr. Gary E. RAFE" <drgerlists at gmail.com> wrote: Casimiro Izquierdo  wrote:
!Seems like the week for burnt starters.  Mine happened Saturday.  I did hear strange noises and after 10 miles I smelled something burning.  My ignition switch does not return the key to the correct position and keeps the starter engaged.  I will look for a third party mechanic to fix this, as the stealership is about 30 miles away.

Got a new switch today at the local dealer parts counter
this afternoon: about $43 total.
About an hour to replace, though it was really rather easy
with Tom's comments.
The failure in the original switch was at the end where it
mates to the lock mechanism -- the plastic end had a kind of
tear failure in it.

A local salvage yard had a nice enough starter
for a good price, too,
though I'm opting to have our regular shop do the work,
as it doesn't look too straight-forward.

I was reminded that one of the benefits of a 5-speed
is the bump-start, and my wife managed her first
(and our first with this car!) in the driveway,
which got the car to the shop without any more
We should have gotten some Michigan students to
give us a good push when the thing failed the other
Live and learn.

Thanks for all the help keeping our 90Q on-the-road.

Cheers --Gary
Dr Gary E RAFE: drgerlists at gmail dot com
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