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Car wont shut off

When you turn the ignition switch off and pull the key the engine continues to run and not shut down. I had to pull the relay under the hood to shut it down. What is the probable cause for this

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  • engmic17 Feb 14, 2009

    my car wont shut off when u turn off the ignition i have to unplug the distributor to shut it off
    and my alternator wont charge ive tryed 2 used ones and a brand new one with 3 different batteries and the battery always goes dead i think my wiring is messed up anyone know what wires it could be

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Sounds like a bad ignition switch....Thats where i would start...

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