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Hi, I have an ignition problem. It's very hard to explain but I will do my best. When I put the key in and turn the key, there is only 2 clicks, when there is supposed to he 3. When the engine is started, my low beams, indicators, high beams and stereo don't work, but when I turn the key back a little, the electronics work fine. When I turned the Key back a little, the key it actually in the off position but the car is still running. It is as if it has moved forward or something. So when I turn the car off completely, it doesn't go all the way back (there is no last click) :( please help!!!

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This is one of two problems, first it may be a bad ignition cykinder lock or the ignition switch itself, you will need to remove the cylinder lock this is the key part of the ignition, make sure nothing is broken, if thats fine then remove and replace the electrical ignition switch, hope this helps.

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Sounds like ignition key contacts inside in your switch worn might have to change switch

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