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Attempted to start car. Sound and felt like something broke in the ignition switch.

Car will not start or even make a sound.The ACC is continually ON now and we have to disconnect battery cable to turn it off. Free play in ignition switch. Even replaced switch cylinder and having same problem. Any suggestions as to our problem?

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Probably the rod in the steering column has failed.

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