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Hot ignition and key

Sometimes when I turn my car off and remove the key it's hot to the touch; so is the ignition itself. It's not from sitting in the sun. Electrical problem??

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Yes, it sounds like an electrical problem to me. Hope it doesn't get too hot and melt something.

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

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