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derrickandkara
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From: lowell in , usa
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 09-12-2004 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for derrickandkara   Click Here to Email derrickandkara     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok i posted about 3 weeks ago about a ignition problem i was having i found a loose wire and it seemed to fix it i think it was just dumb luck. because now it is doing it and moe often..

ok here my problem i turn the key all the way over and i i get a one click like the soinoid is opening and thats it nothing else..

ok here where the fun starts if i then begin to to wigle the key from run to srart the car wil then start what??

so i am guesing it is my iginition switch ?

so i call autozone and they have the key and tumbler switch and some other electrical part that they said i may have to remove the wheel to install does any one know what they are talking about ? i was just planning on changing the tumlbeler part but like i said the key turns ok so it may be the other part. and i dont see anythin gin my chiltions book to help me..

thanks for reading this long drwan out problem. i am really thankfull for your guys help.

also i know there was a recall on the car i need to see if it was done or not i have had the car for only alittle while..

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Velocity0
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From: Burnaby, BC Canada
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 09-12-2004 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Velocity0   Click Here to Email Velocity0     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a recall on the ignition switch a long time ago. Most people have had this problem. Thats usually what it is.
You don't need to remove the wheel to change the ignition switch luckily.
Keep in mind the ignition switch is just the electrical part. The lock and tumbler is a different part/.

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Daniel Jones
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posted 09-12-2004 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
> ok here where the fun starts if i then begin to to wigle the key from run
> to srart the car wil then start what??

I bet I know what it is. In the steering column, down the column from where
the ignition key switch is, there's a rectangular connector held in place by
a cast bracket. I think the bracket is held in place by posi-drives. Anyway,
the bracket has four little ears that fold around the rectangular connector.
Each time you turn the key, you push on the connector. On my car, the ears
had bent back enough the rod wasn't pushing in far enough. I could hold the
key just right to keep it running. Pull the plastic bits on the steering
column and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's really difficult to get at
the ears. I used a very big pair of channel locks and was able to squeeze
three of the ears back into position. I couldn't get at the fourth. Several
years later it happened again so I squeezed them back in place again.

Dan Jones

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derrickandkara
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From: lowell in , usa
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posted 09-12-2004 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for derrickandkara   Click Here to Email derrickandkara     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

ok so Velocity0 are you saying i should change the switch only sence the key turns the tumbler is working yes ??? I am going to check with ford if the recall was never done they should fix it.. thanks tell me what you think ??

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Originally posted by Velocity0:
There was a recall on the ignition switch a long time ago. Most people have had this problem. Thats usually what it is.
You don't need to remove the wheel to change the ignition switch luckily.
Keep in mind the ignition switch is just the electrical part. The lock and tumbler is a different part/.

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derrickandkara
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From: lowell in , usa
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posted 09-12-2004 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for derrickandkara   Click Here to Email derrickandkara     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

ok Daniel Jones you think it is the tabs.. now you say you were able to keep it running ? my car stay srunning when it does start ???

quote:
Originally posted by Daniel Jones:
> ok here where the fun starts if i then begin to to wigle the key from run
> to srart the car wil then start what??

I bet I know what it is. In the steering column, down the column from where
the ignition key switch is, there's a rectangular connector held in place by
a cast bracket. I think the bracket is held in place by posi-drives. Anyway,
the bracket has four little ears that fold around the rectangular connector.
Each time you turn the key, you push on the connector. On my car, the ears
had bent back enough the rod wasn't pushing in far enough. I could hold the
key just right to keep it running. Pull the plastic bits on the steering
column and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's really difficult to get at
the ears. I used a very big pair of channel locks and was able to squeeze
three of the ears back into position. I couldn't get at the fourth. Several
years later it happened again so I squeezed them back in place again.

Dan Jones


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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 09-12-2004 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If yours stays started even if you jiggle the key then it's more likely something like the starter solenoid or possibly the ignition switch.

Dan Jones

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derrickandkara
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From: lowell in , usa
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posted 09-15-2004 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for derrickandkara   Click Here to Email derrickandkara     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok thanks to eveyone who tried to help me..

I changed my ignition switch and that was the problem so far my car has started the last 20 or so times with out a hitch hoe it lasts.. thank again to eveyone..

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