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97 grand am the key will not turn to the off position unless i disconnect the battery and then reconnect it, any suggestions as to what this might mean?

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There is a solenoid & plunger next to the ignition switch inside the steering column that stops functioning. The plunger must be retracted in order for the switch to turn all the way so the key can be removed. manually inserted the plunger and take out the key.

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