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Ignition won't turn

Put key in last night to start the car and both the steering wheel and the ignition won't turn. It's like it's the wrong key but it's not. What can be done??

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  • fastspeed Jul 07, 2008

    i am having the same problem. i even bought a new ignition switch. but for some reason it won't go all the way to start.it will make it right before that where all the lights come on but the key won't go any further like it is jammed. i checked the key cylinder it is fine..any ideas

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I have had the same problem. I solved it by replacing the ignition switch. However the switch is adjustable on the steering column. Fastspeed it sounds like that your switch just needs to be adjusted up or down the column i can't remember which way it should go. You can find out by finding the rod that goes from the key to the switch down by the pedal (it usually runs on top of the column) while turning the key to start figure out which direction the rod is going. You need to move the switch so that the rod goes a little further into it (or out of it depending on which way the rod moves) and makes contact with the "start contacts" in the switch. Be carful not to move it too much in that direction or it will not move out of the start position when the key is moved out and/or not be able to turn off the car, both are not good problems to have. Let me know if this helps or if you need clarification.

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