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Acura CL "No start" Due to Ignition Switch Failure

Acura CL Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999

Average Mileage: 179,453 mi (130,000 mi - 233,345 mi)


The car will sometimes not start because of a problem with the ignition switch. Some models may have been recalled by Acura for this issue, please check with your dealer to be sure.

  • Visitor, , 144,000 mi

    When I am driving my 1999 Accura Cl 3.0 it stops, I have to throw it on neural and restart it. This happens when I'm driving. I can only tell that this is happening because I can''t accelerate. What I mean is it doesn't give me any warning that this is happening, no noise no stalling. It's like when you run out of gas.

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  • Visitor, , 192,000 mi

    Same problem. Twice now I've gone to start my car and it won't start. After multiple attempts and gunning the gas it will finally start. I've taken it to Acura and they don't know what is wrong.

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    At times when I try to start my car it only has a small click sound, if I turn the wheel and move the gear shift I can get it to start.

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  • Visitor, , 146,000 mi

    Did a stereo upgrade and found that it wouldnt start,charged batt",checked w?load tester.All came back good,checked all fuses under hood and under dash.Looking into starter cut relay&keyless security control unit.Will also look into ignition switch..

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    The car sometimes has problems starting. The car will start then die. It sometimes takes several tries restarting the car before it will run.

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  • jayz3363, , 198,000 mi

    I turn the key and car starts, and instantly dies, but if I turn the key very slowly

    it will start and stay running, but it then can run until it decides to stall for no

    reason, and repeat the process. I also here clicking sound inside glove-box area,

    and then wonder if its a relay fuse, or could it be just the ignition switch

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  • Visitor, , 200,000 mi

    Car would die while driving. Diagnosed as ignition switch failure. Replaced ignition switch. 2nd replacement for this car.

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  • Visitor, , 200,000 mi

    It will start but fail to keep on like the description said. After the first try no power at all in the car at all zip nada!!
    I move the red wire that leads to the distributor and once again the engine will crank but Shut off immediately.

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  • Visitor, , 179,000 mi

    I thought I was having immobilizer problems. The green key would blink twice and the car would quit. It always started back up and it would be fine for a few seconds or a few weeks. This happened intermittently for YEARS! I took it to the shop and of coarse it wouldn't act up for them. They went ahead and re-programmed the computer and for a few weeks it worked. Then back to the same old stuff. I wished the darn thing would just break altogether. Finally I ran across an article about the ignition switches on these models. The clue that got me was that all the lights went dead! The green key light that I was seeing and thought it was an immobilizer problem was the correct signal of a complete loss of electrical power as that occurs when the key is turned of or when the IGNITION SWITCH FAILS. I got a new switch for $35, took a few hours and a few bad words to install it and it is fixed!

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  • Visitor,

    Had to replace the starter

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