Ok... received the new switch, disassembled, replaced switch... same issue.
I'm able to use a screw driver into the switch itself (removed from key'd housing) and car turns over although, the radio says "SAFE" telling me the car is locked out but...
The issue appears not to be with the switch rather within the key'd housing.
So with the switch in or out, you slide key into lock, turn two notches the stops at the point where you would turn to engage the starter, the key housing/lock doesn't get that far, it stops hard short of the spring action to engage the starter.
so, my question is, is this a safety feature of some sort and if so, how do I disengage, or... is this an issue with the key'd lock itself if so, how do I remove?
Please help, I have the call fully apart and need to resolve before Monday (eeek)