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95 Riviera gives a buzzing sound when I try to start it

I have talked to a mechanic about it and he thinks it is in my steering column because when I move the tilt wheel it will start. Says there is something about the ignition having a part that moves in there when you tilt the wheel. Maybe just a bad wire? It isn't the battery cable.

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I'm not sure of what you are saying but it sounds to me that can't start the car while the steering wheel is in one of the tilt positions but then it will start when in another position. If this is the case then it sounds to me that the starter engage wire in the steering column is being pressed into something and grounding out the signal when you try to start the car while in the bad tilt position. The reason it'll allow the car to start in the other position is that when the steering wheel is moved from the bad position it allows the pinched wire to be moved away from what ever it's being grounded off on. The buzzing sound could be the other stuff happening when the ACC part of the switch is engaged. You could try taking the column cover off and looking around at the wires that come off of the switch and inspecting them. You would be looking for a damaged wire, either it would have a flat spot or you would be able to see the bare wire through the sheething. If you find a bad spot on the wire then just take some electrical tape and wrap it around the wire three of four times. Then try to reroute the wireing so as to get it out of the way of the pinch point, zip ties are good for this part. Due to the nature of the problem that sounds like the bad spot on the wire will be around where the joints in the steering column are.

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