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I was driving my '97 900S this weekend and noticed for the first time that the key had not sprung back to the "on" position from "start." I arrived home and parked, and now the car won't crank. I'm not much of a DIYer, but I'd welcome suggestions on where to start; am I looking at replacing the ignition switch, the starter, the solenoid or ... well, an easy $8 relay would be my preference. I already tried the fuse, with no luck.
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If the ignition key didn't spring back from the START position to the ON position, you may have two problems: a burned out starter and a bad lower ignition switch assembly (where the spring is).

The starter can get very hot after 15-30 seconds of running, and if you drove any distance with it running, it is probable ruined... Ron
 

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or, you can connect a test light or a volt meter between fuse 36 and ground. If the lite lights when you turn the key to start, the ign switch is ok.
 

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Clean the switch. Gunk in there adds resistance.

I need to do mine again too. I did it when I first got the car, but it gunked up again pretty quick. And the switches are getting flaky too. :(
 
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