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Q: Ignition broke and car won't start.

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Ignition is broken. The key rotates without turning the car on. The ignition got as far as the battery on position, and when the next click should have started the car, the ignition broke inside where the key goes in.

A: This car may have a bad ignition switch tha...

This car may have a bad ignition switch that is broken internally and would need to be replaced. The other issue could be the ignition lock cylinder is broken internally and would need to be replaced. I recommend a mechanic isolate which one failed.

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