Q: Ignition cylinder locked in the On position

asked by on February 02, 2016

The ignition cylinder is locked in the On position.

This sounds like something is broken in the column. A defective lock cylinder, or a seized ignition switch. It would have to be disassembled to see the problem. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can come out and diagnose why your ignition cylinder is locked.

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