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My ignition switch is messed-up and i can't turn the switch. how can i take it out or fix it?

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Take the steering wheel off and steering colom apart. Then it has a torx bit screw under the rotar for airbag.. And its a bitsh. You will have to buy a steeringwheel puller Have you tried getting a new key made?

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