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1994 pontiac firebird wont start all dash lights come on and when I turn the key nothing happens the starter doesn't turn

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    tried moving shifter through all gears while trying to start, to see if neutral safety may be faulty?



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Check the power to the selenoid(top of the starter) if you know how and can,try jumping power from the battery to the red cable on the starter,if it works you may have a bad switch(not the key one) theres a switch that gets actuated be turning the key, so check the starter first

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Check Battery cable to the starter.

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i'll post a pic of the slider set in position for a tilt steering and non-tilt column....note the difference.
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