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Ignition switch will not turn off, draining the battery. what would be wrong?

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he ignition itself is probalby not fully going to the off position. This happens after they wear out. Try replacing the ignition in the column.

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When you turn your ignition switch all the way off, it is designed to kill all auxiliary power once this motion is initiated. if the switch mechanism is faulty, the circuit is unable to control the current, in return, allowing the current to stay closed. this is mechanism failure at the most and, the switch should be replaced.

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