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77 tbird ignition install

Having trouble getting the old ignition switch out do u know where we can download instructions on the internet?

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95 Tbird won't turn off with key

Go under the dash and check to see if the ignition starter switch is coming apart is the first thing to check. The switch is operated by a long rod from the ignition switch, it is near the base of the steering column tube on top of it. The other poss is that the tilt steering is going south and needs new parts for the rod actuator down to the switch.

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it would be cheaper to have a locksmith make a key to fit your old ignition lock. I dont know why you didnt do that, before ordering a lock cylinder. Nothing on a MB is cheap. the key is the cheapest thing there is.

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I cannot get the plastic around the steering column off a 1985 jetta to replace the ignition. can you help with answers to remove this and the lock assy


  1. Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
  2. Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
  3. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
  4. On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 in. (3mm) deep.

    1974-77 Dasher-a= 0.45 in. (11.5mm) b= 0.32 in. (8mm) 1975-76 Rabbit, Scirocco-a= 0.43 in. (11mm) b=0.43 in. (11 mm) 1977-89 Rabbit, Jetta, Scirocco and 1978 and later Dasher, Quantum and Fox-a= 0.47 in. (12mm) b= 0.39 in. (10mm)

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Fig. Fig. 1: Lock cylinder drill point on 1974-77 Dasher

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Fig. Fig. 2: Lock cylinder drill point on other models

  1. Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.

To install:
  1. Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
  2. While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
  3. Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
  4. Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
  5. Connect the battery cable.

Let me know if you need anything else

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1996 Thunderbird LX. Want to add Ford keyless entry. Is there a separate module, if so, what is the part number?

Well you if you do not have power locks you will have to get the solenoids for each door, and the receiver module with remotes, and have them all installed. Parts, if you can find them, and labor for that should cost more than the value of a 15 year old car. The only thing you have going for you is that the wiring is most likely already there. I would look for a NOS, new old stock, retrofit kit on ebay. Ford most likely sold it and dealers could be looking to get rid of them.You could get lucky if you are patient. Or call around to junkyards, now called recyclers, look for a Tbird which has the unit in it and buy the used unit. Plug it into your car, get a couple of used remotes take it to a dealer and they can test your remotes and teach your car's receiver to know the remotes. First however I would find an old service guy and find out if the ignition switch is different, that may have to be changed also.

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I have a 77 cj5.It is in the shop having the key ignition replaced. The mechanic said there is a plastic piece behind the cylinder that is like a gear he said it was broke and dosent know how long it will...

you will be very lucky if you can find it! because the dealer won't have any more, the after market people won't make special stuff like that, and the salvage yard won't have any thing as old lying around. unless you find a specialty place that only deals with jeeps.
I would recommend to replace it with a different kind of switch all together, like a push button, a marine type or universal ignition switch that comes with keys

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bad tumbler..usually from to heavy of key ring...i know this sounds silly, but try wiggling the key maybe for a while and it will come out by chance..i have done it before..takes alot of patience but if you have time try it....hope this may take a while...

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