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Vehicle will not start, starter has been replaced, battery replaced,relays replaced, turn ignition switch to start,nothing,all accessories work,have basically dismantled dash, console, and checked wires to theft deterrent system,any info or codes I should know know about?

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  • Jeff Mason May 29, 2010

    I give it a shot to see if it is the switch,Thanxs

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Hello,

Thanks for using FixYa.

Sound like you have a faulty ignition switch. What you can do to isolate the issue is to try and "hot-wire" your vehicle. Yes, "hot-wire" just like what you see on the movies. Hot-wiring is basically shorting the ignition switch bypassing the use of the key. If your car starts this way, you definitely have to get your ignition switch replaced.

I hope this helps. Thanks and good day.
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