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I own a 11986 Pontiac Parisianne with 46K original miles. It was garage kept all it's life and owned by an older gentleman, which means that the odds of some parts on the car being broke or worn out by now are small. That being said, It doesn't make sense that the ignition switch would be broken in any way. From the off position to the on to the start, it works perfectly, but I cannot in any way get it to turn to the accessory position. I make sure the key is all the way in and push in and absolutely it will not go counterclockwise. So I have a question for the forum. Did Pontiac eliminate the accessory position somewhere in the 80s? It has an HEI system. Or is my switch simply malfunctioning? Anyone know? I'm baffled, and could use some input. Thanks for any help with this topic, Bud

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8 hours ago, Bud Sisto said:

I own a 11986 Pontiac Parisianne with 46K original miles. It was garage kept all it's life and owned by an older gentleman, which means that the odds of some parts on the car being broke or worn out by now are small. That being said, It doesn't make sense that the ignition switch would be broken in any way. From the off position to the on to the start, it works perfectly, but I cannot in any way get it to turn to the accessory position. I make sure the key is all the way in and push in and absolutely it will not go counterclockwise. So I have a question for the forum. Did Pontiac eliminate the accessory position somewhere in the 80s? It has an HEI system. Or is my switch simply malfunctioning? Anyone know? I'm baffled, and could use some input. Thanks for any help with this topic, Bud

I believe by 86 accessory was not backwards, but forward, but before start/run.

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16 hours ago, Last Indian said:

I believe by 86 accessory was not backwards, but forward, but before start/run.

Accessories will come on moving forward but that also turns on virtually everything in the car, i.e. the HVAC fan, fuel pump, windshield wipers, radio, etc.

I do believe that the ignition key should rotate backwards one notch to turn on the radio (primarily). This is the case with my '86 Trans Am anyway.

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I finally found in my 9 million page shop manual, the page describing the ignition switch. 5 positions, pushed in and turned to the left, (counter clockwise), is accessory . 2nd position clockwise is lock (off) to remove the key. 3rd position is off. 4th position is on and 5th is start. So my ignition switch is broken.

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Now you know what to fix. It should be relatively easy to do.

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