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95 geo prizm steering problem

The steering wheel is turned and wheels are straight. When the key is put in the ignition both the key and the steering wheel do not turn.

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I just had this very same problem a couple of weeks ago on a '95 Prism. I had the ignition switch replaced. That has solved the issue to this point.

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