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Won't start smoke came out igintion area, now car won't start

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Sounds like a blown ignition switch. check all fuses first then looks like you may be replacing a switch. BUT it comes as two different pieces. A mechanical lock cylinder and the electrical pigtail that mounts to the back. You will be replacing the electrical pigtail for the ignition switch

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