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    Quickest Way To Engage Starter?

    So I'm having some ignition issues with my car that will necessitate ripping out my steering column and replacing the ignition and key at some point this winter. That's an issue for later, but for now the simple issue is this: I can't use my key to engage the starter, it's simply not going to work.

    What's the quickest/easiest way to power my starter and get my car started? I need to move to to a better location to do the work on it, and if I can get the starter to crank, the car runs and drives just fine. What would be the easiest way to make this happen?

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    If you have the starter relay mod installed. Just pull that relay and jumper the two terminals (row of three, the ends).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    If you have the starter relay mod installed. Just pull that relay and jumper the two terminals (row of three, the ends).
    Not sure if I have the mod installed or not, how do I check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uhhair View Post
    Not sure if I have the mod installed or not, how do I check?
    If your blower breaker has 4 wires on it you probably have the mod.

    Your VIN is late enough that it should have been modified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    If your blower breaker has 4 wires on it you probably have the mod.

    Your VIN is late enough that it should have been modified.
    What are the two color wires underneath the relay port I'd be jumpering?

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    The quickest way to engage the starter is to drop down on one knee and whip out a diamond ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uhhair View Post
    So I'm having some ignition issues with my car that will necessitate ripping out my steering column and replacing the ignition and key at some point this winter. That's an issue for later, but for now the simple issue is this: I can't use my key to engage the starter, it's simply not going to work.

    What's the quickest/easiest way to power my starter and get my car started? I need to move to to a better location to do the work on it, and if I can get the starter to crank, the car runs and drives just fine. What would be the easiest way to make this happen?
    Is the steering column lock disabled somehow? If not itís going to be a pretty exciting drive at the first turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    Is the steering column lock disabled somehow? If not itís going to be a pretty exciting drive at the first turn.
    If the column has a lock, I've never known about it. It's never had one the entire time I've owned the car.

    This isn't a new issue for my car, the wiring in the ignition has been touchy for years, but it's recently given out entirely. I've avoided doing the repair because of how complex it is breaking open the column, and the available of the part itself. Not exactly thrilled. Honestly, if I could do away with the key and tumbler entirely and safely wire up a push button start or something like that, I'd be game.

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    Another way:

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