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The car will not fire, were not sure if its the switch or not. Is the switch a four or five prong. My car will not start. we tried the starter its fine so were not sure if it is something else. the anti theif light is on, not sure if its only one because the car wont start or if that maybe promble. please help. Margie m33johnson@yahoo.com

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However if the theft light is on ,that's the trouble. If there is a chip in the key there is a simple fix ,
Measure the resistance of the chip and put the matching one from radio shack between the 2 white wires that come out of the ignition tumbler.
If it's too new for a chip ,the key and tumbler must be replaced.

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