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Have to hold key half way to keep running.if i let i go it shuts off. HELPPPPPPP

(1990 Honda CRX)
in Jacksonville, IL on February 21, 2015
Wont stay running if i turn the key and let it go. But if i crank it and let the key stay about half way it will stay running.Raido works when its in acc. But when i get it started the radio wont stay on heat or cig lighter.? Heat went out first then a few weeks later "yesterday" this started happening. I noticed the RPM went crazy then check engine light popped on and car died. Took me about 20 mins. To realize if i cranked it over and held the key half way it would stay running. Problem was i have a stick so i had to have my gf who dont no how to drive one shift for me while i steered and held the key till we made it home. I know you probably lost but if there is some one who has had or heard of this problem please shed a little light on how to go about fixing this. Thank you
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on February 21, 2015
Not lost at all, but would like to be a fly on the roof watching two 'one handed' persons trying to drive this stick shift! Lol..suspect the 'electrical' ignition switch... Search YouTube for a video on how to replace it. Here is the part @ NAPA:> Ignition Starter Switch $ 64.99 /ea. list price.. $ 58.50 /ea. sale price...**Part Number: KS6198**....Product Line: NAPA Echlin Ignition Parts.... That will fix it right up!!!!!!!!!!
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on February 21, 2015
Ya i was a sight to see lol not to mention it was snowing crazy out too. So i looked at a video on youtube. Are you talking about the ICM inside the distributor. Ignition control mod.? If not im going to keep looking on that.
on February 21, 2015
No ..This part goes in the steering column on the opposite side of the key lock cylinder...under the plastic covers just below the steering wheel!! It's not all that bad of a job to replace if a little handy with tools!... Go to YouTube or Google and do a search for the install... It's the ignition 'switch' that we are talking about... NOT the ignition lock!! ..this video is similar, copy and paste:

on February 21, 2015
Heck yeah man thats exactly the video i needed. I really do appreciate the help.I wish i could upload this picture of how i got it to work to go to the gas station down the road lol. But im going to get the part ill keep ya posted. Once again thanks.

on February 21, 2015
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