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Because it stops the power supply to the ignition circuit.

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What is the kill swich? And where I find it?

Hi Alejandro,

A kill switch is a simple switch that interrupts power to the ignition system. You can attempt to start by cranking the engine over, but power is prevented from getting to the ignition coil / spark plugs so the engine will never start.

A kill switch can be a stand alone anti-theft device or is often part of an anti-theft system - that is operated by the driver often from inside the car. They can be as simple as a small toggle switch that is hidden away or can be related to requiring that the driver's foot be on the brake and the left directional must be on (or other combination of a number of devices) in order to start.

The simplicity of the kill switch relies on either (1) the stealthiness of its location or (2) method of disabling the switch to allow the engine to start and run (as described above). Since most are operated from the driver's seat, feel / look around under the dashboard, seat, console, etc. for a switch or other non-factory or suspect device that can be manually operated. Operate the device and attempt to start the vehicle.

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