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As soon as I turn the key to the on position, the engine turns over

As soon as I turn the key to the on position the engine starts to turn over. when it starts, the starter continues turning. When I turn the ignition to the off position  and the engine stops, the starter just spins to a stop.

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    turn key to on position and try to turn over engine but all power is shut off as soon as i turn key.

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The starter has a gear in it that when the key is turned, the gear goes forward on a shaft, engages the flywheel, and spins which turns the engine over. When the engine starts and u let go of the key, the gear is supposed to disengage, and move back on the shaft to the original position. You need to get a new starter. countrycurt0

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The problem is either in the mechanism that pushes the rod that activates the ignition switch from the key lock cylinder, or the ignition switch is defective.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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