Starting your car should be simple, but it might not be so simple if your Honda Accord has a faulty ignition switch. Turning the key starts a complicated process that leads to your engine running. Without a properly working ignition switch—one of your car’s most vital pieces—your car won’t run.
When you turn the key, your ignition switch activates the vehicle’s main electrical systems. If your ignition is intermittently failing, you may notice your car won’t start sometimes, or the radio and power windows won’t work.
Read on for five signs your Honda Accord’s ignition switch is failing. If you notice any of these signs, please take your vehicle to a professional for repairs before getting stranded.
- Your car starts and stalls
If your Honda Accord starts and then stalls or stalls while you are driving, there is likely a problem with your ignition switch. Aside from being incredibly dangerous, if your car stalls while driving, it likely means your faulty ignition switch has turned off the fuel pump or power to the ignition system. Your engine won’t run until the ignition switch restores the signal. If it starts, then dies, it is likely because the starter provides the initial electrical jolt, but when the ignition switch is expected to maintain it, the signal is broken by the bad part.
- The key won’t turn
You may try to turn the key but find it’s stuck in the “start” position. There may also be a loss of electrical power to the key. Difficulty or inability to turn the key strongly indicates a faulty ignition switch.
- There’s a lack of power to accessories
Your ignition switch sends power to your car’s accessory systems, like the radio, sunroof, rear defroster, climate control, and power windows. If your Honda Accord runs but none of the accessory electrical systems work, you could have a problem with your ignition switch. Your car’s headlights, brake lights, horn, and dome light run on a different system and will not be affected by this failure.
- The battery drains
Your Honda Accord ignition switch can fail in many ways, and one of them is to continue providing power to the systems even after the car has been shut off and the key removed. This issue will drain your car’s battery.
- Your car won’t start at all
If your car won’t start at all or tries to start, but you hear no sound from the starter, you likely have a faulty ignition switch in your Honda Accord. Without a working ignition switch, you won’t have power for your starter motor, ignition system, or other electrical systems.
At Fremont Foreign Auto, we know you need your car running at its best. Our technicians have the tools and expertise to provide all your Honda Accord service and repair needs. We have years of experience with foreign cars, so you can trust your vehicle is in good hands.