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boneman

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ignition switch problems
« on: January 05, 2008, 05:13:12 PM »
I have a '73 firebird esprit.  It was orig. a 350 w/auto.  Before I purchased it, it was turned into a 400 w/4spd.  The problem I have is when you turn of the ignition, it only goes to the unlock/off position.  It will not go to acc. or to the lock/off position.  It is like in a newer automatic if you turn of the car with the shifter still in gear.  The car can be started without the key because it is never full turned to lock.  Is there a sensor or switch that needs to be rerouted or removed?  Thanks

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Re: ignition switch problems
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 05:01:38 PM »
Have you tried turning the collar on the column.  Most likeley, they removed the reverse and lock out rods when they did the swap.  If you grab the base of your steering column and turn it counter clockwise to see if it moves and then you might be able to get the key to the off position.
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Re: ignition switch problems
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008, 09:55:17 PM »
Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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Re: ignition switch problems
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008, 10:24:08 AM »
That did the trick.  Thanks Hitman.

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Re: ignition switch problems
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008, 03:26:48 PM »
Glad to see it helped.  Have you posted up photos of your car yet for us to check out?
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Re: ignition switch problems
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