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1998 Taurus ignition switch turns and seems to go in all positions. However the car will not start and the power stays on. I looked at the ignition and it seems like the internal rods move when you turn the switch in all positions. Could this be the relay switch at the bottom of the steering column?

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There is actually the switch on the column down just under the dash. The rod that you see is what moves the switch. The switch is bad. I would suggest go buy one then you will be able to identify the one on your car that is bad.

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