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Ignition actuator F250 1990 tilt steering. How do I get a new ignition actuator into place? The old one came out easily when I tilted the steering down, but it was broken. The new one won't go into place. Please send drawing

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  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    ok you talk about pivit pins. how do i get the old ignition out of the dang truck. and can you start the truck with a screw driver if you dont have the iginition yet. it is a recalled item on the ford f250

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    They are a bugger to get togeather, have done 100's and every damn time it was hard to get it all timed right so the swich works correctly from the key, just keep at it.

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Emissionwiz is right about timing the pinion to the rack, (this is one of the last steps) in order to get the key and lock cylinder in the right position. However I think you are referring to problems further down, right? I did one of these a few months ago and I recall a snag like you refer to. i think you might have to remove the ignition switch down on the column so the rod can be pulled up to allow you to hook the nylon slide part. The pin on the new part fits into the slot on the nylon part and when back in place in the channel there is not enough clearance for it to come back apart. By the way, how did you get the pivot pins out? Sorry, I don't have a picture, except the one in my head, and it is a bit fuzzy.

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