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I have a extra piece when i put the ignition switch back together

The steering wheel lock /nutrual assembley gear stripped when i put back together i get bat. but wont turn starter over

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It may be difficult to find parts to fix this quickly. You can remove the lock plate and replace it with a similar thickness flat washer, then jump the neutral safety switch, replacing it with a push button. Of course it will start in any gear if set up this way, but the buton must be depressed when starting, to remind you to put it in "park" first! Still not as safe as the factory setup but it will get you going!

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The key wont turn , and the sterring is locked and I cant get it out of park


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Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.
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Installation

Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
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  • 2 Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
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  • 2 Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
  • 3 Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
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