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1993 saturn factory installed starter lock out not working

This is mounted under the drivers left dash and a contact key is inserted. Then you can turn the ignition switch and the starter engages. If there isn't a good connection, the starter will not turn. This is the problem now.
I would like to remove this so I can start the car without this contact key.
What is the best way to do this??

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Shouldnt be to hard just use in line fuses when connecting wires case you make a mistake

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