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Ignition sys when i turn the car on nothing happens. instrument panel is dead. lights work. do not dim when ignition is switched on. battery is fine. can't unlock shifter.

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Blown fuse...this happened to me about a month ago...check under the hood...go into the fuse box replace fuse...its a "20" on the side closest to engine...

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