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Please read and help thanks in advance

when i bought the miata the owner told me he had a make shift alarm which was to press the down switch for the power window on the driver side then press clutch and turn the ignition. And thats how the car started up. Worked fine (just some info) but read on...

So i lost my key for the ignition awhile back. I didnt want to spend money on a locksmith coming out to charge me 300 bucks so i took the yoyo module (im not sure what its called but its the piece behind the ignition) off from the ignition and used a flat head to turn the car on. I finally found a place to make me a key for cheap so i did and i put everything back together and now it wont start when using the key in the ignition but it still works when i take it apart and turn the yoyo thing with a flat head. With the new key all the lights work gauges etc but it just does not turn on

Any help would be nice thanks

And i kno i did a bad job describing my problem but i tried....
 

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Get rid of the makeshift alarm and put it back to stock...
 

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Your ignition switch (the yo-yo thing? ) is damaged as you have been using a screwdriver to turn it on and like most folks when the car doesn't start right away you crank harder on the key, or in your case screwdriver.

Yes you do, you all do, just admit it and we'll get on with it.

Now then, you put it all back together but since you have been cranking on the poor little plastic piece instead of the metal ignition lock, it needs to be turned further to engage the contacts to engage the starter but the metal ignition lock will only turn as far as it did before because that was as far as the fragile little plastic bits needed to go.

Don't believe me? Take off the ignition switch and use a screwdriver and guess what, it'll start.

Go buy a new ignition switch.

 

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Take the $300 you spent skipping the locksmith then add $200 more to hire someone to fix the electronics. :woolery:


Jesus jesus, if it were three hundie a pop we'd all be doing it.


Cutting keys from codes for our cars should never ever ever run more than $50 or take more than a half hour.
 

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thanks fellas im guessing what lilredride said is correct....maybe ill try to stuff something in there to make the contact sooner thanks any more advice would be great..

and where can i buy a new ignition switch?
 

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Anywhere, that isn't a Miata specific part, it's the same in any Mazda of the similar vintage. Double check me, you could have problems with that window thingie but I have seen your issue before, many times.

So how did you keep the wheel from locking?
 

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i drilled under the ignition module then took out the small spring lol it worked fine.... but your saying i can get one from any mazda with the same same year
 

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Should be but they run around $100 for all of them so get the one specific to the car.

Looks like it is a Miata specific part in as much as the plug end is slightly different. Go figure...

:dunno:

AutoZone
O'Reiley
NAPA

They all got 'em.
 
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