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  • Ignition switch issue??

    2006 F150, with the below pictured ignition switch.

    Maybe once a month, after the boats been sitting awhile (W/O being started), I'll go out and crank it up on the muffs.

    Occasionally, initially turning the key to CRANK, I get nothing. Gauge's work normally, just no crank. No solenoid click.

    *Releasing the key to run, then turning the key to CRANK again, it ALWAYS CRANKS normally (and starts-even warm, JUST OVER TIME apparently)...


    NOTE, I had replaced the starter solenoid about two years ago (disassembly DID show the internal contacts burnt).

    *I'm suspecting, being 12 years old, the contact in the ignition switch (for crank), may be worn, dirty (but again, it starts on the second try-always).
    Battery passes load testing, connections at the battery spotless with dielectric grease applied there.

    Thoughts on the issue? Would spritzing some electrical cleaner or LPS in the key hole help?

    Or simply ignition switch replacement?


    Just trying to stay ahead of a potential issue on the water. Thanks...



    *I do know how to jump start the solenoid so by-passing the switch at a "non CRANK time" can be done..




    Scott
    1997 Angler 204, Center Console powered by a 2006 Yamaha F150TXR

  • #2
    I suppose there is some slight chance that the issue is intermittent contact in the neutral switch,
    since the juice has to pass through it, on the way to the starting relay.
    (that's what you changed years ago, yes? not the starter solenoid)

    But IMO most likely sketchy contact inside the ignition switch.

    An unfortunate design; electrical contacts down in the bottom,
    a slot where the key goes facing upwards towards the sky.

    I have zero faith in that little rubber slotted gizmo keeping rain and contamination out.
    When I don't have the key in,
    I put a plastic "Caplug" over the keyswitch opening.


    Last edited by fairdeal; 4 days ago.

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    • #3
      This stuff works good, not cheap but a can will last you for years. Cleans and lubes.

      https://www.amazon.ca/MG-Chemicals-C.../dp/B001U3X3PA

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fairdeal View Post
        I suppose there is some slight chance that the issue is intermittent contact in the neutral switch,
        since the juice has to pass through it, on the way to the starting relay.
        (that's what you changed years ago, yes? not the starter solenoid) THAT IS CORRECT, MY BOO.. SWAPPED OUT 4-11-14


        But IMO most likely sketchy contact inside the ignition switch.

        An unfortunate design; electrical contacts down in the bottom,
        a slot where the key goes facing upwards towards the sky.

        I have zero faith in that little rubber slotted gizmo keeping rain and contamination out.
        When I don't have the key in,
        I put a plastic "Caplug" over the keyswitch opening.
        It was the starter relay I changed out, not the solenoid (rechecking my records). Back then, it would only click, (NO CRANK) MANY TIMES (approx. 5 TIMES) before it would crank..

        Re the neutral switch, I literally don't move / touch anything, just release the key and turn again and she cranks..
        Scott
        1997 Angler 204, Center Console powered by a 2006 Yamaha F150TXR

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        • #5
          Originally posted by panasonic View Post
          This stuff works good, not cheap but a can will last you for years. Cleans and lubes.

          https://www.amazon.ca/MG-Chemicals-C.../dp/B001U3X3PA
          I think this is the same, correct (cheaper and quicker shipping)?:

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/MG-Chemical...IAAOSwDZ9bwafr

          Just a squirt or two to the key hole and move the switch several times (battery disconnected?)



          (Checking spec's on both, it is the same stuff..)

          Just ordered, will update but likely will be awhile (takes time to act up). Tks guys..
          Last edited by TownsendsFJR1300; 4 days ago.
          Scott
          1997 Angler 204, Center Console powered by a 2006 Yamaha F150TXR

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          • #6
            Put some in and move the key many times... it will either fix it or it wont. LOL

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