A few days ago I got in my 95 Corolla to leave work and the key wouldn't turn. After playing with it I managed to get it to turn to accessory, but that's as far as it would go. Luckily for me, I work at a hardware store and had access to tools to get the bolts out to access the ignition tumbler and switch. I was able to remove the switch from the back of the tumbler and relocate it under the dash so I can get my car to start.

Here is my question: How can I wire in a few switches to make a push button start? I have a momentary switch (normally off) for starting, a push button switch with LED backlight for accessory, and a SPST toggle switch that I want to wire in before the push button as a security measure. The thing is I'm having a hard time finding any information on which wires I need to connect the switches to in order to successfully start my car without damaging anything. I just need to know which pins are what and which ones need to be wired together.

I would appreciate any information you might be able to give me to help me figure this out. This car is getting me by just fine and I don't want to put $80 into a tumbler for a 24 year old car. It just doesn't seem like I should have to if I already have these switches laying around.

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UPDATE: Here's how I got it to work.

Accessory switch (light up latch switch): -Connect AM1 terminal from wire harness to positive terminal on switch and jump to NO terminal. -Jump ACC terminal to IG1 terminal on wire harness and connect to C terminal on switch. -Ground negative terminal on switch to the car's body.

Run/kill switch (SPST toggle): -Connect AM2 terminal on wire harness to switch. -Connect IG2 terminal on wire harness to switch.

Starter button (momentary switch, normally off): -Connect AM1 terminal on wire harness to switch. -Connect ST1 terminal on wire harness to switch.

To crank my car I flip the kill switch to the ON position (allowing power to flow through), push the Accessory switch to turn on, and then hold the Starter button until the car cranks.

NOW I have a new problem. My radio and cigarette lighter don't work. I thought maybe it was a fuse, but I checked that and the fuse is fine. What do I do?



Spray some wd 40 in key hole.

dirty dan
dirty dan

Heck it's a 24 year old car, just wire a push button ignition to the starter,