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Hello everybody, about two months ago I bought a 1991 Santana, I have attached a couple of pictures. Ok I couldn’t be happier, Ive wanted one since I was a little kid. I found this one in Columbia,
It has a 2.5 L turbo diesel engine in it. Although I am not truly convinced that that was the original engine but maybe I could be wrong. After a couple of months trying to get it here, and then a month of driving it. I started making some minor tweaks and the ignition switch went bad. Or at least that’s where I’ve traced it to.
Needless to say it’s almost impossible to get an original ignition switch. After some research and advice from a local Land Rover specialist, it was brought to my attention that most of the parts at this time were Compatible with Suzuki samurai SJ410’s and SJ 413’s, As they were made in the same factory.
I ordered the new ignition lock cylinder and when it arrived I took apart the steering column only to find that I have four wires connected to the lock cylinder. Red, yellow/red, yellow/green and yellow/brown. In the very same order those are connected in the dash to 12ga white yellow pigtails with 14ga orange, 12ga. yellow pigtailed with 16ga blue (look to be am fog lights), 18ga Brown/blue and 18ga black/yellow.
I have also attached a picture of the new ignition lock cylinder which fits directly. Those wires are white battery, black and white ignition white and black accessory and black and yellow start.
I am lost and any help you can provide would be appreciated. And if I can make a humble request that although it is this eventual solution long-term, please don’t recommend that I rewire everything right now because I know it needs to be done but I just don’t have the time to do it at the moment. I really would like to get this up and running and I need help. Finding a mechanic to work on these things is not very easy, it seems like everyone wants to just kind of write off the Santanas although they are truly amazing machines.
My apologies if there is already something listed to disregard but I looked and looked and didn’t find anything. I appreciate all help whether it be helpful or not to be honest with you. You all have such a plethora of knowledge it’s amazing to put it all in one room. Thank you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
 

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They key shape and style likely tells you whether it’s a LR ignition or a Suzuki ignition.
 

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You mean the original? The original is a clausor, marked 34. I found two suppliers in Spain. They both recommended this as a replacement as they don’t make the original, and availability is so limited, they literally sell when they find them. And it takes 2 weeks to ship when they do. I have attached a pic but the wires are different color.thanks
 

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My suggestion is to test each lead on the new one to determine which one completes the circuit for each position and match it to the original. (Sorry if this is a Captain Obvious bit of advice.) If your original is completely dead you can accomplish the same thing by determining which one is always live and noting with a continuity tester where each key position completes the circuit. It shouldnt be too difficult to identify “start” and “run” and then narrow it down the rest of the way.

Sadly, this is what people refer to when they caution people about Santanas. But, really, it isn’t that hard to get past these issues. I wish I could come over and help. British Land Rovers nor Spanish Land Rovers are rocket ships. Santanas just take a little more effort and thought.

Also, can you share exactly the part numbers and who you ordered from. Also, perhaps the model and year Suzuki it fit?
 

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Also, looking at the photos, did the new switch and lock cylinder come with door locks/keys?

And I forgot to mention, nice Santana! My 1988 model is very similar.
 

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We figured it out! I am in South Florida and I talk to the guy who is actually somewhat of a savant with electrical systems in cars. He came over and took us about four hours but we figured out everything! Even the glow plugs! We even fit it into the factory steering column shroud. Pictures to follow thank you all for your advice and help!
 

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Great news!

If you can, give details on what new switch wire colors mate to the Santana wire colors.

Also, do you think the Samurai turn signal, wiper, and headlight switch will work? That is one part that I worry about finding a replacement.
 
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