Howdy all - I've a '99 with the 2.5L I4 with which I'm having ignition issues.
Here's what's happening: I stick the key in (it's always been finicky), turn it to the on position, and I get the usual *beep beep beep* noises. I note, however, that the instrument cluster does NOT come alive (I think it used to?). When I turn the key all the way forward to the start position, nothing happens. No clicks whatsoever, no instrument panel, no lights, no beeps, nothing.
Here's what I've tried: First, the battery is testing about 12.9 volts on my multimeter (that should be fine). I had a new key made, tested it, same results. I removed the key lock cylinder, and cleaned it out pretty well (it was nasty). It seems to function mechanically ok, but it still requires a lot of wiggling the key (both old and new). Then, I removed the ignition switch (had to go hunt down a torx set. What fun). I disassembled the ignition switch, and Deoxd the daylights out of it, including, but not limited to, the spring-loaded "points," the traces, and as much of the stuff under the green/white plastic covering as I could get to (I could only get 2 of the 3 torx screws off of it, so I did the best I could). I also Deoxd the two wiring harnesses that plugged into the ignition switch. I reassembled everything, making sure the position of the ignition switch lined up with the shafts coming out of the key lock cylinder, tested it, and the exact same thing happened. Then, I found a new ignition switch, swapped it for the old one, and the same thing happened (which is nothing).
I could really use your help with this. It's my only vehicle, and I've got stuff to do tomorrow. I tried posting this in the general discussion section about 6 hours ago, but got no responses. Please help.
Thanks in advance!!