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I started the car, then it died just as I started it and the key got stuck. I was able to get the key released by pushing up on the solenoid in the steering column but there is no power going to anything. The battery is fine, two months old. It sounds like a fuse to me but I am unsure which one it would be to cause everything to loose power.

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Put the car in park. Then move the key. Good luck!

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