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My 1997 jimmy just dies and then I get no dash lights so it won't restart. Is this an electrical problem? Is it in the key switch or the steering column?

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Sounds electrical .. could be the electrical part of the ignition switc which is located on the steering coloumn...simple to locate the wiring harness coming from it... can you wiggle the key to simulate this problem

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