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1986 Thunderbird Starting problem, Turn key starts, let go of key stops

Have 1986 thunderbird. You put the key in, turn it, it starts, let go of key and it stops.... sometimes if you let go really slow the engine will stay on.
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  • cintibuck Sep 29, 2008

    Very helpful, will see if fixes problem... Thanks!!!

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Replace the ignition tumbler--i.e. get a new ignition set with new key. This will require removing the plastic trim around the steering column and removing the old ignition set. It's a good DIY project, but you should get a Haynes manual for 83-88 T-Bird/Cougar. Try going to a junk yard for the replacement part. Crown Vics, Cougars, Grand Marquis', Lincolns all have the same type of set for those years.

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  • FlamingBlue Oct 02, 2008

    Hope it helps. I forgot to mention that many Bumper-to-Bumper and Carquest parts stores carry Ford-style ignition switch tumblers that will fit your T-Bird because it is a common problem.

  • Doug Ireland
    Doug Ireland Feb 24, 2013

    I went to a local yard they wanted $2 less than a brand new one

  • Doug Ireland
    Doug Ireland Feb 24, 2013

    new switch was around $50

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