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Key Actuator when I try to start the car the key actuator does not start the vehical it only will turn as if is not grabbing

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Hello. i had this problem once. for me it was only a $40.00 part. you have to change the key ignition switch. you will end having a different aftermarket key if you dont have one already. I hated giving up that nice gold original key for a black plastic key. the chip on your key must make contact with two smal hair size wire and one or maybe both are cut or broke apart. you will see this when you take that old switch off. let me know if this helps at cchacon26@hotmail.com

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