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95 Audi 90 won't start

Hey all, just recently got a 95 Audi 90 from a family member. I have never owned an Audi before and don't know anything about them. Its perfect cosmetically so I couldnt let it go to the scrap yard. It has the 2.8l V6 automatic. It has sat for the last two years because it has seemed to have some sort of electrical issue and won't start. When I put the key in the ignition it won't even make an attempt to turn over. The ignition seems a little strange to me as it wont stay in one position or another and the key sometimes is hard to get out. Ive read that the ignition switches often go bad on these models. Could that be the case? The power windows, locks, lights all work properly. It also will not shift out of park, even with key in the ignition and brake pedal down. Any help would be appreciated as I know nothing about these cars but couldnt resist trying to get this thing on the road again.
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i have the same car, i restore old BMW's e 30 & e28's, audi sure does like thier cars - info - well good info is real hard to get, u'll need a bentley book / bosch book, big $'s easy on cd , paper harder to find.
lets stay together about info links maybe we can help each other - anyone got a paper book for sale ?

ur issue 1st, i'd replace the elec part of key sw - like bmw they wear out, - auto trans issue - u might have a elec sw on shifter - look at owners manual for a shift lock override. the 95 audi 2.8 auto will be here this am (i got it for my d- inlaw) so i'll ck the trans s/w for u.
any good links or info would be helpfull - other members = thanks sea ya !
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Hi! Start with getting multimeter and testing that starter gets both power and control signal when you turn the key. Looks like it is not based on your description. And I agree with roymello - get the book. I would start with getting 2.8 (AAH?) wiring diagram - I saw several on the web.

I had lock failure when the pin that connects the lock part and the electrical part - broke and the key could not turn the electrical part properly. To replace the mechanical part you will need DIY since you may need to drill a 2 mm hole to unlock the lock cylinder.
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In relation to getting out of Park - check your fuses. If the brake light fuse is faulty then you won't get it to shift out of park. Check if your brake lights are operating.
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Brake lights are working fine. Ive ordered a new ignition switch and should be installing it tomorrow night. Hopefully this is whats causing the key to slip out of place and prevent it from starting. I also noticed today that the radio was able to be turned on with no key in the car. Idk what this means but I figure the more symptoms I mention, the better chance I can get it figured out.
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