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Old 09-29-2011, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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key wont turn when placed into the ignition. battery is fine. steering wheel is *not* locked. car is definitely in park. i tried turning key multiple times while moving the steering wheel side to side, etc. took to local LR dealer. over a thousand bucks to replace the ignition assembly.

Is there a better (read: significantly cheaper) option? Any ideas you might have would be most appreciated. Just bought this thing a month ago for about 2K - hard to imagine putting 50% of that into it for a key tumbler...
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The ignition switch assembly is something you could do on your own. Also, I can get you a brand new Land Rover ignition switch for a fraction of what the dealer would charge you.

If you want to go that route, let me know. I can certainly give you step by step instructions regarding the removal and installation of the switch. It shouldn't take a first timer much more than a couple of hours to do. Total cost, under $200.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Although possibly not as good a solution as the above, here is another approach and it's free...
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Paul - still debating a course of action. I appreciate the quick reply. Will this solve the entirety of the problem?
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I can't see how a brand new ignition switch won't solve the problem. Everything will be like it was when the truck was new.
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HI PAUL - my apologies. I am neither good with cars, nor knowledgeable about LRs. Just making sure I understand properly before I make a decision...
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No problem at all. Like I said, if you decide to go this route, I'll help you with directions. I've removed well over 100 of these over the years. Once you get over the notion of what you're doing and focus on the steps, it's really not hard at all.
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Paul - interested in moving forward with this here... let me know how to go about reaching you, payment, etc...
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I have to see if I can still get the switches. I will get back in touch with you later today.
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I sent you a PM. I'm ready when you are.
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I can't see how a brand new ignition switch won't solve the problem. Everything will be like it was when the truck was new.
Switch or lock assembly?
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It's a complete ignition switch assembly. Not just the ignition switch. It's everything right down to two new keys. Even the shear bolts are new.
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Like this one:

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Hey Paul - got the part last night. Talk to the Svc Mgr at the local LR dealer - claims that the one you sent me was for a "manual transmission" Discovery - and that if it gets put in, it will not allow me to shift. That accurate in your experience? He said the part # that I need is STC1436, and the part # that you sent me is STC1435. Need your expertise here... Thanks.
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I put a call into my supplier and am waiting for a call back. I will be in touch as soon as I hear from him.
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