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Repairs The inside steering column has rod running down it. When you turn the key on to start the vehicle there appears to be missing parts to hook the rod up. Need diagram of replacement parts to see how the rod hooks up. I think it has something to do with the neutral safety switch. Does it?

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What it sounds like your explaining is the rod that goes into your ignition switch to slide from acce to on to start the l hook on the bottom should go into the slot on the switch

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