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1996 pontiac grand am won't start at all. I've replaced ignition module camshaft sensor, key switch, and computer, when I changed the computer it didn't reread the key.Would the instrument cluster cause the problem?

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Reread the key ,let me know if you need to know how,Ron

Posted on May 10, 2010

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