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Old September 6th, 2014, 11:40 PM
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Steering Column Ignition Assembly

Well, troubleshooting why my Defender (97 NAS ST) was not going into low range. Turns out the transfer box has an inhibit solenoid. This is controlled by a relay, fed by the KEY IN switch in the steering column/ignition switch. Seems the 97, and I'm not sure what others has a switch that senses the key in the lock in addition to all the other features. It starts a cascade of items, which sense if the transmission is in park or neutral and the key is in to allow you to shift to low. So does anybody have any experience with this stupid thing? Oh, it also controls the annoying dong dong feature of the key in the ignition. If I jump it (it has contacts on the top center of the key/column lock ignition with assembly, all works.

Suppliers don't seem to have this model on the web.

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Old September 6th, 2014, 11:48 PM
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All the Rover autos (d1/RRC) of similar ages have the interlock. Well documented feature once it starts to cause trouble.
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Old September 7th, 2014, 12:36 AM
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Old September 7th, 2014, 12:51 AM
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Well, monkeying with it some more. I may just try soldering it again. Seems if I check it with the multimeter at the terminals it works, but it is intermittent through the plug. Unrelated, the heater blower does not seem to get power now.
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Old September 7th, 2014, 01:29 AM
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Well,
Re-soldering the connections made it work. But I also put an emergency override switch in as well, just in case. My heater blower turned out to be dirty contacts on the plug. Massive amount of wire checking for a simple fix.
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Maybe...
Then again, dirt is kind of my business.
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