Ignition Switch

With advanced key

Refer to “Starting the engine” for information on how to use the ignition switch.

Ignition Switch Positions (Without Advanced Key)

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


To turn the key from the ACC to the LOCK position, push the key in at the ACC position, then turn it to the LOCK position.

Automatic transaxle

To turn the key from the ACC to the


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

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 switch the ignition off, set the parking brake, and make sure the shift lever is in P (automatic transaxle) or in 1st gear or R (manual transaxle): Leaving the driver's seat without switching off the ignition, setting the parking brake, and shifting the shift lever to P (automatic transaxle) or to 1st gear or R (manual transaxle) is dangerous. Unexpected vehicle movement could occur which could result in an accident.

In addition, if your intention is to leave the vehicle for even a short period, it is important to switch the ignition off, as leaving it in another position will disable some of the vehicle's security systems and run the battery down.

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 is switched to off (LOCK) or ACC with the key inserted, a continuous beep sound will be heard when the driver's door is opened.

    See also:

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