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My car hit a pole really hard and it can't start, how can I start it? Someone told me there is a switch that that allows the gas flow to the engine which cut off when the car hit the pole, where is it?

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No switch. FORD has those Inertia Switches and I dont know why everyone thinks their car has one? I would suggest having a repair shop look at it, guessing is expensive.

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