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Im having steering coloumn problems. one day my car was fine then my way home from work i put my key in the ignition and it jus spins back but wont start..been messing with my car for a week already and cant figure it out...help!!! they told me it was a pin or something but they also say i need a whole new coulumn

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You just need to take the car down the street
to the closest repair shop to have it fixed

You don't need a steering column

Posted on May 23, 2011

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