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Ignition wont turn but steering wheel does

Is there a switch for the ignition .Guess it would be a neutral safety switch?

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  • jabuiso Dec 27, 2008

    Car has shifter on floor.Tips for removeing console without breaking it,or is it under car?

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Sounds like a shifter interlock switch. also check your fuses. the shift interlock switch is in your
console if it has floor shifter. or on the brake pedal linkage if its a column shift

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  • Phillip Ridener
    Phillip Ridener Dec 28, 2008

    its hard to keep up with all the different models but you can get a cheep manual from autozone.they are very helpful. good luck.

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If it starts, then you know it's the "neutral safety switch".

BUT..........

If it DOESN'T start, it might STILL be that switch, or the ignition switch.

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