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1991 cavalier 3.1 RS ignition starts in on position radio and wipers on and off ?

Ignition switch/key tumbler are possessed. Starts in on postion, radio and wipers work or not (by wiggling ignition key), dash lights come on when they feel lke it, spring in switch broken? Key sticks in ignition. Is this the key tumbler or the electronic part of the switch? Worn connection between key and electronics ? Thanks

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Sounds like the ignition itself is worn,go get one from a scrap yard and replace it

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