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Make sure the shifter is all the way in park. If the key turns back and forth like it should or don't move at all, the electrical part of the ignition needs to be checked first. It is located under the dash on the steering column.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011


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SOURCE: key wont shut off the car. is it the key switch or

It's ignition switch.

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SOURCE: key wont shut the car off. is it the key switch or

It should be the ignition switch, and it should be located on the steering under dash.

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Hi, I'm sorry but I don't understand what you are saying.
You have power on the big red wire, right?
And you also have power to the orange wire when the switch is turned to start?
Does the starter turn when you put a piece of metal between the orange and red wires?
And when the starter turns, the car starts or doesn't start?

Posted on Apr 19, 2011

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