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1996 Cavalier ignition switch will not start car.

My car keys were removed from steering column while my engine was on and the vehicle was in park. There was a lot of force when this ocurred. I was able to turn off engine while adjusting the outer key ignition in the steering column. I was never able to restart the vehicle since. I can put key into ignition but Im unable to turn my key and start the engine. Any help out there.......

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You apparently have the link either disconnected or bound up at the key end, it may even be disconnect or out of place. If you loosened our outherwise move the lower end switch tou may be able to realighn what is out of whack Good Luck-Ned

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Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
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  1. Install lower instrument panel steering column cover with screws.
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Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION Ignition Switch The ignition switch (11572), which is mounted on the steering actuator housing (3F723), operates in the following manner:
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