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If you just changed the ignition switch in a 1994 Chevy S-10 and now you cannot move the gear shifter what is wrong?


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2015-07-15 19:53:19
2015-07-15 19:53:19

You undougetly did somethig wrong. Try adjusting the switch first.


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