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Key will not engage ignition switch. Turns and gets power but stops at the ignition. When the key is in the start position it doesn't go back to on. It sticks in the start position. As a result, you don't have air conditioner, power windows, lights, etc.

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    wanna find the positive to check for power to the switch

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The switch itself will need replacing. Its basically the same as a lock just with multiple points and internal switches. These are not repaied but replaced.

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