Help with MK3 Ignition Switch

jaydee75

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I finally decided to tackle my hit/miss key switch. I took it apart and cleaned it good and on reassembly I have a memory problem: The slotted nut on top that holds the switch into the console has a wavy washer under it. I can't remember if the washer goes below (inside) the console or on top of the console. I don't see any detail in any of the pictures. It seems the screwed neck doesn't protrude up as well as it did, but I can't
believe the washer would seat above on the plastic. Any thoughts?
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Jaydee
 

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I finally decided to tackle my hit/miss key switch. I took it apart and cleaned it good and on reassembly I have a memory problem: The slotted nut on top that holds the switch into the console has a wavy washer under it. I can't remember if the washer goes below (inside) the console or on top of the console. I don't see any detail in any of the pictures. It seems the screwed neck doesn't protrude up as well as it did, but I can't
believe the washer would seat above on the plastic. Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Jaydee
I don’t have a mk 3 but suspect the wavy washer is supposed to go behind the the slotted nut as a locking washer. I may be wrong but that would seem the logical answer.

Dave
 
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I have a plastic pretzel jug full of failed Lucas (and knockoff) ignition switches and have never had any success trying to make one work by disassembly/cleaning.

The Lucas ignition switches are not very sturdy from new and seem to wear out or malfunction frequently. Replacement is the only (temporary) fix I've found.
 
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If the contacts were pitted you might consider putting a relay into the headlamp circuit to reduce the current in the switch. All my switches failed for that reason. The relay has fixed that problem.
 

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OR solve permanently by separating the ignition circuit from other electrics using a separate toggle type switch.
I just did it after couple of ignition failure incidents.
Not difficult.
 
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