Hi, Brand new to the forum here. Thanks in advance to the collective knowledge on this board.
I have a 1996 Odyssey that seems to have an ignition switch issue. It will start sometimes and not others. The dash lights go on and off randomly and oddey dies when they go off. I was told by the last owner that it only happens in cold weather and is fine in warm weather. Not sure about that one unless possibly a little expansion with the heat makes a better contact. Anyway, in playing with it I found out I could keep it running by holding a little pressure on the key after it started. By this I mean as I let off slightly from "3" position that engages the starter, I'm holding a little spring pressure (it wants to rest back at "2" position) but backed off from "3" just enough to not keep the starter engaged while it is running, It stays running just fine.
In a search of this site I found a post that was quite close to this problem but it was in the Gen 2 Odyssey forum about a 1999. In that post one of the posters simply replaced a piece of the entire switch that had contacts on it that were corroded. He got the part from an accord in the auto junk yard. I'm hoping that if my issue is trhe same I can do the same.
Does anyone know how to remove the ignition switch? Pull it apart to replace the center where the contacts are? Thanks again, see ya on the net!
edit: Someone even mentioned the possibility of this being a recall that might even be done on a van this age. It is a 1996 with 205k on it so I would be surprised if Honda wanted to fix that but stranger things have happened I guess. I might still do it myself if easy enough. Nothing easy about towing it to the dealer and waiting on them. It will not stay running unless I hold the key just right.