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Tips on removing dash mounted ignition switch?

PostPost by: USA64 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:51 pm

So I could have picked that wrench up instead of scrambling for something to bat it off with? Good to know.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:03 pm

USA64 wrote:So I could have picked that wrench up instead of scrambling for something to bat it off with? Good to know.


NO! That's not the same situation, you dropped a low resistance object across terminals capable of delivering hundreds of amps. The spanner/wrench would get RED HOT in moments & if you had lifted it by hand you would have burned your hand. THe 12v electricity would not have harmed you much, just a tingling, but the heated wrench would burn you.

You can MELT steel objects by shorting them across a car battery.
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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:36 pm

billwill wrote:
RogerFrench wrote:I find it easier on the S3 to remove the washer/ wiper switch first.


I think that only applies to LH drive cars.


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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:42 am

RogerFrench wrote:
billwill wrote:
RogerFrench wrote:I find it easier on the S3 to remove the washer/ wiper switch first.


I think that only applies to LH drive cars.


Don't know, mine is RHD!


Ooops, yes, you are right. For some strange reason I was thinking the ignition switch was bottom right (on UK cars), but of course that is the headlight vacuum lifter there.

Come from not driving the Elan this year methinks.

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