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Engine died and turns over when moving steering wheel left and right

My 02 neon died when I made a left turn today. It would not start up. Battery tested and was good and connections. After I turned steering wheel side to side the car finally started up. But this was random and would not start up every time. Sometimes is would crank and sometimes nothing but juice radio etc worked fine and no guage problems. Wires to starter are not loose. It it is the starter why would the steering wheel be involved? Will try to replace starter, but curious if there is something in the steering that prevents cars from starting.

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It sounds like your ignition switch is failing and when you turn the wheel sometimes the steering lock pin is jolting the switch and making a momentary contact, you should try turning the key to the on position and jumping a 12 volt signal wire from the battery to the small wire on the starter (only until it starts do not leave this connected constantly) to confirm this is the switch for sure check for 12 volts out of the switch in the start position (it may be intermittent also) good luck and please rate -jeff here is your part click here Engine died and turns over when moving steering wh - 2ea336d.jpeg

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