ignition won' t turn on

Asked by Guru9GWPG Jul 11, 2022 at 02:20 PM about the 1980 Chevrolet Chevy Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

ignition wont turn over, but radio comes on in  excessory mode .lights will turn
on ..

3 Answers


Is the starter solenoid getting juice when you try to start it ? Could be the switch .


Or the neutral safety switch. Try starting it in neutral. Also try to start it after moving the shifter through all the selections quickly a few times. Hope that helps! Jim


These old Chevys are know to have the ignition switch fall apart or even just come loose. If it has a tilt steering wheel then make sure it is solid and doesn’t move around when locked into position as that will throw off the pivot cam inside the steering column.

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