Ignition Switch

Ignition Switch Positions

LOCK


LOCK

The steering wheel locks to protect against theft. Only in this position can the key be removed.

Manual transaxle

To turn the key from the ACC to the LOCK position, push the button when the key is at the ACC position, then turn the key to the LOCK position.

Automatic transaxle


Automatic transaxle

To turn the key from the ACC to the LOCK position, the shift lever must be in the P position.

WARNING.


WARNING.

Remove the key only when the vehicle is parked:
Removing the key from the ignition switch while the vehicle is moving is dangerous. Removing the key allows the steering wheel to lock. You will lose steering control and a serious accident could occur.

Before leaving the driver's seat, always put the key to LOCK position, set the parking brake and make sure the shift lever is in P with an automatic transaxle or in 1 or R with a manual transaxle:
It is important to place the key in the LOCK position even if you are not removing the key from the ignition or leaving the vehicle. Leaving the key in other positions will disable some of the vehicle security systems and run the battery down.

Leaving the driver's seat without putting the ignition switch in LOCK position, setting the parking brake and shifting the shift lever to P with an automatic transaxle, or to 1 or R with a manual transaxle is dangerous. Unexpected vehicle movement could occur. This could cause an accident.

NOTE.

If turning the key is difficult, jiggle the steering wheel from side to side.

Leaving the key in any position but LOCK position also disables some of the security features and may run the battery down.

ACC (Accessory)

The steering wheel unlocks and some electrical accessories will operate.

ON

This is the normal running position after the engine is started. The warning lights (except brakes) should be inspected before the engine is started.

NOTE.

When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the sound of the fuel pump motor operating near the fuel tank can be heard. This does not indicate an abnormality.

START

The engine is started in this position. It will crank until you release the key; then it returns to the ON position. The brake warning light can be checked after the engine is started.

Ignition Key Reminder

If the ignition switch is in the LOCK or ACC position with the key inserted, a continuous beep sound will be heard when the driver's door is opened.

    See also:

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