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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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1999 Outback Ignition Switch

Car; 1999 Outback 2.5l Manual Trans

Just purchased my first outback a week ago for a relatively awesome deal. One quirk the car has is it won't turn over unless I wiggle the key in the ignition. Went ahead and replaced the starter and double checked all connections to starter/battery because it was warrantied and the issue persists. Battery is new.

All research for these symptoms points towards ignition switch or lose ignition related wiring.

Is this a fixable issue? What parts do I need to replace and how difficult/expensive is the task? Would it be worth it to just take it in and have it done?

Also, on a completely unrelated note, when I was replacing my starter and had the airbox off, I noticed this harness just hanging out. Brand new to this car so I'm not sure what it's purpose is. Pic here: http://i.imgur.com/0tviqT6.jpg

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is it the lock cylinder or the elec switch that is not working ????

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The harness you posted the picture of id for the Optional Heated front glass, the rubber plug above it is the access to the glass area. On the ignition issue I would do or have done a voltage drop test on the ignition circuit, you should be able to replace the ignition switch electrical without too much trouble.
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Sorry to bump this old thread, but I did want to answer my own initial questions for anyone who's searching around for information.

The problem I was experiencing was having a very worn key, and my spare keys were made from my worn key. I had a new key cut off the vin at the dealership and I have no more problems. For anyone who's having similar problems this would be the first thing I would test if you have a seemingly worn key.

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It would have been handy to mention that when you inserted the key in the ignition, it didn't turn at all until you wiggled it.

That would have ruled out a starter issue right off the bat.

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