Ignition Switch May Bind on Honda Civic

On certain models the ignition switch binds. The ignition switch needs to be replaced to repair this issue.

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Average mileage: 152,940 (15,000–238,000)
5 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2003
13 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
1996 Honda Civic220,005
The car can be cranked and started, but in a tricky way. I tried to start the vehicle one day after driving to and from several places. It would crank and fire but not stay running. As soon as i let off the key from the starter engage position it would die. I continued to fiddle with it untill i realized when my key was in the position where the vehicle should be running the dash lights werent lighting up. I turned it to the off position and back on and they lit up. I did this several times and 8 out of 10 they would stay lit up but as soon as i turned it over and let off they would cut off. So... i turned it over and started it and barely let off the key but held tension on it so the starter would disengage and it stayed running. (About halfway between the on and starter engage position) (it was a faulty ignition switch) problem solved hope this helps
It jams on turning the key. Have to repeat the action, giggling, to turn it.
1999 Honda Civic151,000
Was really difficult to turn key had to wiggle around a lot. Now won't turn at all gets stuck
1998 Honda Civic110,659
We had to by a switch and replace it after I was stuck in the hot car for 3 hours with 2 large hot dogs and then I was late for a vet appointment.
1998 Honda Civic92,000
Dealer knew about recall. Fixed it for free.
Switch is binding...Honda is going to cut a new key first.
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