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Ignition switch? My grand prix will only start if you turn the steering wheel all the way to the far left or right- while holding the wheel turned turn the key and it will start up but the die immediately and the wheel releases- also very difficult to put in and out of gear, possibly more than one problem. my email is please help! thanks, gary

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Hi take the cowls from around the ignition switch find the connector use a test light find out the live wire and find ignition wire and starter wire then loop the live to the ignition wire then flash the starter wire across the looped ignition wires it should start if so replace the ignition switch if the problem is the same as when the steering wheels on a lock in other words starts but cuts out you have another problem as well yates210456

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