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Ignition switch not turning over engine. ticking sound and indoor lights on after key is removed, sounds funny, ticking, red lights don't go on when first turn key on

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  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    I have the same problem. I was told I might just need a whole new ignition.

  • frog_ballou Feb 19, 2009

    check your ignition fuze. had that problem once and my fuze was burnt. its located in the main fuze box under the hood.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    car won't start. the first icon on the dashboard to light up before fully turning the key is picture of a lock, with a buzzing sound then after attempting to turn it over makes a lot of ticking sounds and the dash board lights all flash on and off going haywire


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Replaced ignition switch and it worked also found out this model was a recall for ignition switch

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