2002 Honda Accord lockshift solenoid

Tiny
BON1005
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  • 2002 HONDA ACCORD
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 103,000 MILES
I can start my car but I can't put it in a gear. Nothing on my dashboard works and my windows don't work. My wipers, lights, directionals, radio all works. I can start it with the key on the floor column and put in in neutral, then put the key in the ignition. I've been told that it was my ignition switch by one mechanic (although it doesn't stall on me going down the road) but others have said its my lockshift solenoid. I can't afford to take it in for an ignition switch which I was told would cost me $500. Money is tight so a diagnostic check at a dealer is not going to be feasable. What do you think it is?
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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 AT 11:42 AM

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Tiny
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Hi bon1005,

If the dash indicators does not show, it could be a fault with the ignition switch. There was a safety recall for the item and you can check with your local dealer if the recall is still on.

The ignition switch is not going to cost that much as you are not going to replace the steering lock assy. Just replacing the switch would do and the part cost should be below $100.

The interlock shift solenoid would not work if power supply is missing as indicated by the non working dash lights.
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Monday, July 12th, 2010 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info. I will pass that on to my son. But another think we discovered is that the back up brakes do not work. When we checked all the other lights and signals we failed to check those. Would that make a difference on the diagnosis? I was also told that we would not be able to fix ourselves - it is too difficult cuz you have to go through the dashboard. Is that the case?
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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The stop lights not working would result in the shift interlock preventing the gear from being shifted out of Park.

This could be related to the dash lights not showing or a separate matter.

If you are a DIY person, then you can try fixing the problem. It could be easy or it could be difficult to work on but I don't think it requires the dash to be removed, though it could be the case.

Check all the fuses again, especially those under hood.
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 AT 2:28 PM

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