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Key switch bad. what to get?

My key switch is bad. won't turn won't even budge. Time to replace it.

I found this at C direct Catalina Direct: 3 Position Ignition Switch

Going back later today to remove the bad one from my boat and take a photo of it.

It's "off - on - momentary" for the starter. glow plug is a separate push button

I'm looking at napa and other auto stores just to find something quick for now.

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Re: Key switch bad. what to get?

We have an on-off "ignition" switch, not keyed, and a 3 position lever switch (momentary left for preheat, momentary right for starter) also not keyed. We isolate power with the battery switch below when away from the boat. Works well for us, no risk of accidentally snapping off a key hanging there...
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My key switch is bad. won't turn won't even budge. Time to replace it.
If it's Yanmar or Volvo, the original key switches are available from distributors

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Thanks gents! Hard to believe that the local West Marine Had one, Wish me luck!

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If it's Yanmar or Volvo, the original key switches are available from distributors
At pretty high prices usually. Cole-Hersee ignition switches are good quality and inexpensive as well. They actually make switches while Volvo, Yanmar, and other engine builders source them elsewhere and then sell them at ridiculous prices.

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Brian, yes that is what local WM had "on the shelf" hard to believe LOL Now to tackle the job.. all those wires.... such small terminals.. makes me start wondering if it's time to "clean up the mess" LOL

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Up date! Success! difficulty level = 2 on scale of 10.

Disconnected ALL batteries.
Looked closely at terminals on old switch and new; yes the same. "Bat, I, S"
I also serves for things that need to be "on" when the key is on. Fuel pump, gauges on the engine panel etc...



It was slightly terrifying turning the switch with the new key.... 2 battery banks...

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Looking at the back of the panel the key switch is lower left. Yeah.. it needs some TLC back there.... "someday"


and installed a radio shack 12 volt LED I guess that is for the blower switch even though there isn't a blower in the engine compartment.

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Oh! don't you know! The old key switch now works like new as it's here in the living room and I'm playing with it .... Go figure LOL the key is/was very very loose.
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