- My model of MX-5 is: __MK2
- I’m based near: Wimborne__
- I’m looking for technical help or recommendations on: ignition fault
Previous owner/s have had fitted professionally a push button start in place of the cigarette lighter. Over the past six months or so and intermittently on turning the key to just before the start I have no ignition lights, nothing. Removing, refitting and turning the ignition key sometimes would jolt the lights to show and allow a start, but over a period of time this has become worse and no matter what I did a no show of lights thus no start. Oddly enough and without the lights I could press the start button and there is power to turn the starter but due to no lights, no start. I found that disconnecting the ignition from the back of the key barrel and using a dumpy screwdriver in the slot, a start would always occur. The key way in the barrel is intact. I changed the ignition unit but the fault would at some point re - appear, normally at an embarrassing time. In the end and as it is now I have disconnected all and resorted to the normal practice of a key start and to date, which is some six to eight weeks, I have no start problems. I have had the circuits checked by an Auto electrician and nothing shows up, mystified. OK some will say forget all and carry on using the key but with the push start button fitted I want to use it but dare not. Any pointers will be appreciated. To my mind do I have a discharge to earth somewhere? Could it be the start button? though with its simplicity how and what?